What’s causing your leg pain? 33



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It’s not surprising to have new or more pains as your body ages. But have you been experiencing discomfort in your legs and don’t know what is causing it?

We take a look at a few common types of leg pain, whether it be your feet, ankle, knees or hips to better understand the cause of your pain. Your pain may be dull, sharp, aching, or numbing but regardless, there is likely a way to reduce this and hopefully help you feel better.

1. Night time cramps 

The best method to alleviate leg cramps is through movement, either by walking, by shaking your legs or even by rubbing your legs. Others have found using cool compresses work to reduce pain and soreness. Overall though, if you suffer from leg cramps often, you will want to strengthen your muscles. Practice stretching regularly to maintain movement. Also remember to keep hydrated since some cramps occur as a result of dehydration.

2. Osteoarthritis 

Osteoarthritis is increasingly prevalent and affects about 1 in 13 Australians. With age, bones break more easily and muscles weaken, which contributes to general fatigue and reduced activity, although it is so important to make sure you keep moving and manage your weight. Slow, gentle stretching can lessen pain by easing any burden placed on your joints. As well, losing weight can reduce this strain. Try to go for slow walks to warm up your joints. It will allow you to go about your daily routine better.

3. Varicose veins or spider veins 

Unfortunately women seem to get this problem more than men. To prevent varicose veins, you may want to try wearing support stockings, maintain good weight control, exercise regularly and avoid wearing heels. Otherwise, you will need to consult a doctor to see if sclerotherapy or surgical procedures are necessary to alleviate your discomfort.

4. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

If your pain is severe, this may reveal a blockage of blood vessels in your legs. There is a misconception that clogged artery diseases only happen in the heart, however, peripheral arterial disease can happen throughout your body. Because the arteries are clogged, they are unable to deliver enough blood to the legs to support exertion. Advice is similar to preventing a heart attack: stop smoking, eat healthier, exercise more and get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Start by taking short walks; it will help to ease the obstruction in your legs’ blood vessels.


Have you been experiencing pain in your legs recently? What have you done to alleviate your symptoms? Tell us below.

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  1. Osteoarthritis gets mentioned as a cause of leg pain but take that a little further.
    People get prescribed anti inflammatories for osteoarthritis and one side effect is fluid retention and that most certainly can cause quite severe leg pain

  2. I had dreadful leg pains at night a year or two before I was diagnosed with AF. They stopped my heart, rebooted me, put me on Warfarin and the leg pains were gone. If your blood is too thick to circulate and/or your heart is not able to pump the blood through efficiently it is a big sign. This article could save lives, my Ex GP never picked up any of the signs.

  3. Pain I can tolerate, but Restless Leg Syndrome drives me crackers at night. I have suffered periodically all my life and it has become more distressing in the last few years. It can keep me awake for hours, which makes me cross, which keeps me awake even longer.

  4. Running a marathon will give you some temporary leg pain, but you’ll feel good about it afterwards and your legs will only get stronger.

  5. Blood clot

    2 REPLY
    • My younger brother said it was the worst pain he had ever had in his life. He saved our lives because all of us siblings found we had a genetic gene clotting mutation after his specialist requested tests for us.

    • My sister-in law died from a blood clot in her leg 20 years ago. These things are common after having surgery.

  6. I haven’t read this because every time try to read the article a block from our over 60. Take a server. It is very personal I do not give information like that away to any one.

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