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My 2 year old has woken up a couple of times crying her leg hurt. last night, she kept crying her foot hurt. she walks fine and doesn't complain during the day. what could it be?

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Dr. Eric Lullove answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Can cause certain positions that may cause cramping. Especially in toddlers, the positions that they sleep in can cause the muscles to lose bloodflow temporarily lose oxygen, causing a "fatigue" or "achey" feeling in the foot or leg. He/she will grow out of it and there is nothing to worry here.

Answered Jun 19, 2015

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Out. There could be an issue of a flatfoot being overworked during the day. It can be "growing pains", there are some bone tumors (unlikely, but possible) that cause night pain. Sometimes, docs don't find any problem, and it eventually goes away......

Answered Oct 25, 2012

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Dr. Bac Nguyen answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The so-called "growing pain" is quite common in young children and often a cause of great distress to parents. The pain usually occurs in the legs--thigh, knee, mid shin, ankle areas and generally manifest during inactive hours--sleeping, sitting around/watching tv etc...Gently massage the area for a few minutes, distract her a bit and she will be fine. Take her to see doc to make sure. Good luck.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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