Leg pain is a common problem. It can be due to a cramp, injury, or other cause.
Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include:
An injury can also cause leg pain from:
Other common causes of leg pain include:
Less common causes include:
If you have leg pain from cramps or overuse, take these steps first:
Other homecare will depend on the cause of your leg pain.
Call your health care provider if:
Your health care provider will perform a physical and look at your legs, feet, thighs, hips, back, knees, and ankles.
Your health care provider may ask questions such as:
Your health care provider may recommend physical therapy for some causes of leg pain.
Pain - leg; Aches - leg; Cramps - leg
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Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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