Most leg pain results from wear and tear, overuse, or injuries in joints or bones or in muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues. Some types of leg pain can be traced to problems in your lower spine. Leg pain can also be caused by blood clots, varicose veins or poor circulation.

Some common causes of leg pain include:

  1. Achilles tendinitis
  2. Achilles tendon rupture
  3. ACL injury (tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee)
  4. Ankylosing spondylitis
  5. Baker's cyst
  6. Bone cancer
  7. Broken leg
  8. Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  9. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  10. Claudication
  11. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (DVT)
  12. Gout (arthritis related to excess uric acid)
  13. Growing pains
  14. Growth plate fractures
  15. Hamstring injury
  16. Herniated disk
  17. Infection
  18. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
  19. Knee bursitis (inflammation of fluid-filled sacs in the knee joint)
  20. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  21. Meralgia paresthetica
  22. Muscle cramp
  23. Muscle strain
  24. Night leg cramps
  25. Osgood-Schlatter disease
  26. Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  27. Osteochondritis dissecans
  28. Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  29. Paget's disease of bone
  30. Patellar tendinitis
  31. Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  32. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  33. Peripheral neuropathy
  34. Posterior cruciate ligament injury
  35. Pseudogout
  36. Psoriatic arthritis
  37. Reactive arthritis
  38. Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  39. Sacroiliitis
  40. Sciatica
  41. Septic arthritis
  42. Shin splints
  43. Spinal stenosis
  44. Sprains
  45. Stress fractures
  46. Tendinitis
  47. Thrombophlebitis (a blood clot that usually occurs in the leg)
  48. Torn meniscus
  49. Varicose veins

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

March 27, 2021