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Leg Conditions

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Leg Conditions

17 Leg Conditions

Blood clot in a vein (venous thrombosis)

 

A blood clot in a vein is a dangerous medical illness with a high risk of death. A blood clot in a deep vein in the body, generally in the leg, is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This page contains information on the causes of blood clots as well as methods for preventing them.

 

Related Conditions:
Pulmonary embolism | Embolism | Blood clot blocking an artery (arterial thrombosis)

Dislocated kneecap

Symptoms Include:
Pain | Swelling | Difficulty walking | Reduced movement

 

A dislocated kneecap is a common injury that takes six weeks to recover from. When the leg is planted on the ground, such as during sports or dance, it is frequently triggered by a blow or a quick change in direction.

Foot drop

Symptoms Include:
Foot drop

 

Foot drop is a muscular weakness or paralysis that makes lifting your front foot and toes difficult. It’s usually diagnosed via a physical test that looks at how you walk and examines your leg muscles to see if you have foot drop.

Growing pains (recurrent limb pain in children)

Symptoms Include:
Pain | Limb pain | Muscle pain | Cramps

 

Growing pains are aches and pains that arise in the evening or night, mainly in the lower legs. Children aged three to twelve years old may be affected. If your child’s symptoms are especially severe or indicate that they may have another problem, consult your doctor (see ‘when to see a doctor’).

 

Related Conditions:
Sprains and strains

Joint pain

Symptoms Include:
Pain | Joint pain

 

Joint pain is a frequent condition that can have a variety of causes. However, it’s frequently due to an injury or arthritis. Joint discomfort that worsens over time is frequently a marker of osteoarthritis in elderly adults. If you have persistent osteoarthritis symptoms, see a doctor.

 

Related Conditions:
Osteoarthritis

Leg cramps

Symptoms Include:
Cramps

 

Leg cramps are a common but typically innocuous ailment. Cramps occur when the muscles in your leg become tight and painful all of a sudden. The calf muscles are the most commonly affected, but they can affect any area of your leg, including your foot and thighs.

Lower leg pain

Symptoms Include:
Pain | Swelling

 

lower leg pain can be caused by conditions ranging from torn tendons to diabetic neuropathy.

Lipoedema

Symptoms Include:
Lipoedema

 

Lipoedema is a long-term disorder in which fat cells accumulate abnormally in the legs, thighs, and buttocks, as well as the arms. Lipoedema mostly affects women, however, it can also affect men in rare situations. If you’re experiencing lipoedema symptoms, visit a doctor.

Lymphoedema

Symptoms Include:
Swelling

 

Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) disorder in which the body’s tissues swell. It can affect any area of the body, although it most commonly affects the arms and legs. If you have signs of lymphoedema, such as swelling in your arms and legs, consult your doctor (see symptoms section below).

 

Related Conditions:
Oedema

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Symptoms Include:
Tiredness | Fatigue | Reduced eyesight | Numbness | Muscle weakness

 

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It can produce a variety of symptoms, including eyesight, arm or leg mobility, feeling, and balance issues, as seen below. If you’re concerned that you may be showing early indications of MS, see your doctor.

 

Related Conditions:
Paralysis

Oedema

Symptoms Include:
Swelling | Swollen ankles | Shortness of breath

 

Oedema is a fluid build-up in the body that causes the affected tissue to swell. Depending on the reason, swelling can occur in a specific area of the body or be more widespread. If oedema does not go away on its own, you should consult a doctor.

 

Related Conditions:
Lymphoedema

Pins and needles

Symptoms Include:
Tingling | Numbness

 

A prickling, burning, tingling, or numbing feeling is known as pins and needles. It commonly manifests as in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. It normally does not cause any discomfort. It can make you feel numb or itchy. Pins and needles are normally just transient, although they can endure a long period (chronic).

 

Related Conditions:
Raynaud’s

Restless legs syndrome

Symptoms Include:
Urge to move | Itch | Pain | Muscle spasm

 

Restless legs syndrome is a frequent nervous system disorder. It makes you feel compelled to move your legs. Women are twice as likely as males to suffer from restless legs syndrome. Although the symptoms, which are listed below, can appear at any age, it is more common in middle age.

Ringworm

Symptoms Include:
Rash

 

Ringworm is a common fungal illness that causes a ring-like rash on the skin that can be either red or silvery. Ringworm is most usually found on the arms and legs, but it can arise on any part of the body. Ringworm, despite its name, has nothing to do with worms.

Shin splints

Symptoms Include:
Pain

 

Shin splints are a pain in the shins, or front of the lower legs, that is usually induced by exercise. They are usually treatable at home and should improve in a matter of weeks. If your discomfort persists despite the above therapies, see a doctor.

Sports injuries

 

Although the advantages of sports and exercise much exceed the hazards, accidents can occur from time to time.

 

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Sprains and strains

Sprains and strains

Symptoms Include:
Pain | Swelling | Bruising | Reduced movement

 

Sprains and strains of the muscles and ligaments are common injuries. They can affect anyone, but they are more common in athletes. The majority of illnesses can be treated at home without the need to see a doctor.
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