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 cyst
  6. Bone cancer
  7. Broken leg
  8. Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  9. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  10. Claudication
  11. Deep vein thrombosis (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. Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  26. Osteochondritis dissecans
  27. Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  28. Paget's disease of bone
  29. Patellar tendinitis
  30. Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  31. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  32. Peripheral neuropathy
  33. Pseudogout
  34. Psoriatic arthritis
  35. Reactive arthritis
  36. Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  37. Sacroiliitis
  38. Sciatica
  39. Septic arthritis
  40. Shin splints
  41. Spinal stenosis
  42. Sprains
  43. Stress fractures
  44. Tendinitis
  45. Thrombophlebitis (a blood clot that usually occurs in the leg)
  46. Torn meniscus
  47. Varicose veins

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

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March 27, 2021