Have you been experiencing discomfort in your legs and don’t know what’s causing it? Leg pain is one of the most misunderstood ailments, because finding the cause is often hard to pin-point.
There’s plenty going on in the legs, and pain can emerge from our muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. For example, an inflamed Achilles tendon may be incredibly persistent and be felt right up the leg.
Leg pain may also arise due to strain, injury, osteoarthritis or simply overuse. Problems from overuse might include cramps or inflammation, which will take time to settle down.
Flat footedness, incorrect footwear, incorrect training loads and lower limb biomechanics can also cause lower leg problems. And then there’s trauma, which may occur from an accident or fall, or include a sports injury such as torn muscles or fractures.
Some people think they have leg pain due to the following:
When people get injured, the above will be addressed, but this may not get to the heart of the problem.
Next, people tend to work on their core, suspecting their lower leg pain is caused by a weak core. They will do yoga or Pilates to strengthen their core, which are worthwhile exercises with real benefits, but working on your core does not guarantee your leg pain will be solved.
There are some crucial areas to work on, including:
If your leg pain is caused from an accident then the above areas should be included in the rehab for the best results.
Finally, our instinct is often to stop moving once we experience pain, but restricting movement often makes things worse. Move a little, and often, without pushing through pain. For any persistent leg pain, it’s important to seek a professional assessment, because often the true cause is not all as it seems.