Leg pain is a common problem. It can be due to a cramp, injury, or other cause.
Pain - leg; Aches - leg; Cramps - leg
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.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Your provider will perform a physical exam and look at your legs, feet, thighs, hips, back, knees, and ankles.
Your provider may ask questions such as:
Your provider may recommend physical therapy for some causes of leg pain.
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Review Date: 8/26/2017
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. Editorial update 09/04/2019.
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