Leg Pain Causes and Treatments

Your lower extremities put up with a lot of pressure; they carry you around all day. Leg pain can make the most simplistic and natural movements, like walking, seem like a real challenge.

If you’re experiencing leg pain, it could be coming from several causes. Let’s take a look at why your legs might be hurting and what you can do about it.


Muscle cramps: Muscle cramps are a common and intense cause of leg pain. They can arise any time of the day, even in the middle of the night when you’re sound asleep. Cramps typically occur when your leg muscles are tired or dehydrated.

Stretching and massage may help when a cramp appears, and staying well hydrated may help with prevention.

Shin splints: Shin splints attack the front side of the calf and are caused by inflamed muscle and flesh along the bone. It can lead to intense pain while walking, running, etc.

Higher risk occurs for people who spend a lot of time moving on hard surfaces or have flat feet or feet that point outwards. Rest or over-the-counter pain medications may help. If pain persists, contact your doctor.

Tendinitis: An inflamed Achilles is marked by pain in the lower part of your calf, just near the heel. It can happen from something as simple as climbing the stairs. Ice and anti-inflammatories, as well as avoiding movement, are the best treatment options. When it becomes less painful, strengthening the calf muscles is recommended.

Varicose Veins and Clots: Blood clots can happen in a vein when blood thickens and clumps together. They are likely to happen during long periods of inactivity and can be caused by obesity or certain medications.


Getting to a doctor as fast as possible is required if you have a blood clot. Treatments may include more activity, compression stockings, and weight loss.

Varicose veins are long, protruding, twisted veins that can become painful. They are caused by valve problems and can act up when a person spends too much time sitting or standing. They are typically treated with compression stockings and activity.

Sometimes leg pain can be caused by something more sinister like sciatica, circulation problems, or diabetes. These causes will require professional attention to treat the root cause.

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About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.