There are many conditions that can result in painful, aching legs. Sometimes leg pain results from an acute problem, such as injuring a bone or straining your muscles. Other times, you may experience leg pain due to disease or long-term wear and tear on leg tissues. The following are 13 conditions that may be contributing to your leg pain.
13. Muscle Cramps
Painful contractions of the muscles in your calf or foot may rouse you from sleep or cause you to stop in your tracks while walking or exercising. Muscle cramps are usually not indications of underlying disease and can be a normal accompaniment to aging. They may increase if you are dehydrated or lacking in electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. Prevent these painful contractions by keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day and by stretching to warm up your muscles before extended periods of exercise.
12. Pulled Muscles
Occasionally you may notice a pulled muscle from bending or stretching awkwardly, or overextending your muscles while participating in sports. When a pulled muscle occurs, it is immediately noticeable. Treat the painful symptoms with ice packs and rest. For nagging pain, over-the-counter pain medications can provide relief.