Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp also called a charley horse. Common causes of cramps include:. Your provider will perform a physical exam and look at your legs, feet, thighs, hips, back, knees, and ankles.
Patient information : See related handout on leg crampswritten by the authors of this article. Up to 60 percent of adults report that they have had nocturnal leg cramps. The recurrent, painful tightening usually occurs in the calf muscles and can cause severe insomnia.
Pain or discomfort anywhere in the leg can range from a dull ache to an intense stabbing sensation. Most leg pain occurs due to overuse or minor injuries. The discomfort often disappears within a short time and can be eased with home remedies.
Articles in the December issue discuss various health issues affecting school-aged children, including acne, eczema and growth disorders. Volume 43, No. Traditionally, the management of hip pain has been well defined by age groups such as the limping child and older patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis OA.
We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. If your legs hurt, ache, or feel uncomfortable, you may be tempted to chalk it up to aging.
Growing pains are an aching or throbbing pain in the legs or other extremities. They usually affect children ages 3 to 5 and 8 to Growing pains usually occur in both legs, in the calves, front of thighs, and behind the knees.
By Brian Joseph Miller. Joint and nerve pain and muscle cramps in the legs are a common symptom of age, especially for people over Leg pain is a widespread and growing problem, especially among people over 50 and those who are overweight or obese.