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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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Injury to R foot 6m ago.  Disuse atrophy to lower leg.  Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf.  Suggestions?

If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
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I am having numbness and tingling in my hands, legs and feet. Also muscle atrophy in my lower legs. What's going on?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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I am having numbness and tingling in my hands, legs and feet.  Also muscle atrophy in my lower legs.  What's going on?

See details: There are several causes of these symptoms in individuals your age including spinal cord or spinal nerve compression secondary to osteoarthritis. Have a neurologist evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
50M people helped
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I have periferal neuropathy in my lower legs, but now I have muscular atrophy in my upper legs, what can I do about the atrophy?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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I have periferal neuropathy in my lower legs, but now I have muscular atrophy in my upper legs, what can I do about the atrophy?

Some reasons:: Sounds like a fairly progressive problem which needs to be clearly diagnosed. You could possess an immune inflammatory neuropathy which could readily respond to ivig, or you might have a motor neuron disorder, or you might possess a cauda equine syndrome, instead of a neuropathy. In short, this needs concerted expert attention. See a neuromuscular specialist at your nearby medical school. ...Read more

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Dr. Moshe Lewis
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
20 years in practice
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Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

Dr. Moshe Lewis
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
20 years in practice
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Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

CPRS has diff stages: CRPS is a very complex diagnosis with varied presentations.Typically it made w/complex tests/blocks meaning that you should be worked up for more common diagnoses such as sciatica with an EMG, muscle spasm & restless leg syndrome which are on the differential. That said,a triple phase bone scan or stellate block can help diagnose CRPS.I suggest you see a PMR or Neurologist to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Thomas Duffy
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
30K people helped
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What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

Dr. Thomas Duffy
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
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What causes unilateral lower leg muscle weakness and atrophy?

Nerve damage: If you have unilateral muscle weakness and atrophy there has to be an injury or impingement of the nerve which innervates that part of your leg. A demyelinating process such as MS may also lead to muscle atrophy and weakness unilaterally. Other causes may be trauma to that muscle, prolonged immobilization in a cast, or not weight bearing on the leg can lead to loss of strength and muscle mass. ...Read more

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Board Certified, Pain Management
30 years in practice
1M people helped
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Can pinched nerves in lower back cause asymmetry between lower legs?

Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Board Certified, Pain Management
30 years in practice
1M people helped
Can pinched nerves in lower back cause asymmetry between lower legs?

Yes but: The asymm. may have actually preceded nerve injury.Asymm. in length is common & often leads to scoliosis &/or vertebral malalignment,chronic pain,& nerve injury.Nerve injury can lead to asymmetric muscle balance, unilateral atrophy, abnormal gait, etc.Seeing a good osteopathic dr. well-versed in treating nerve injury & leg-length discrepancy is a start.PT may be needed to re-educate/rebuild muscle ...Read more

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Dr. Kristin Cox
Board Certified, Wound care
14 years in practice
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Do wounds on lower legs heal more slowly?

Dr. Kristin Cox
Board Certified, Wound care
14 years in practice
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Do wounds on lower legs heal more slowly?

That depends.: If there is any problem with arterial or venous circulation wounds may heal slower. That is why it is important to understand the blood flow and confounding factors that may affect wound healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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What causes a brown discoloration on my wife's lower legs?

Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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What causes a brown discoloration on my wife's lower legs?

Pigmentary changes: Difficult to say without seeing. Commonly brown discoloration can occur over the skin after inflammation has subsided and healing is occuring in areas of previous rashes. This phenomenon is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih). On lower legs this can occur after developing chronic stasis dermatitis. Pih usually improves with time. ...Read more

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Dr. Ray Tidman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
1M people helped
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How do you put weight on your lower legs fast?

Dr. Ray Tidman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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How do you put weight on your lower legs fast?

Why hurry: Hey you are talking to somebody with skinny legs :) real answer is there is no healthy "fast way". But any body muscle with exercise and stretching can be developed. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
23M people helped
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Lately I've been feeling a pulling sensation in my lower legs, often on the sides of legs, when I lie down or wake up. What could possibly cause that?

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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Lately I've been feeling a pulling sensation in my lower legs, often on the sides of legs, when I lie down or wake up. What could possibly cause that?

See sleep specialist: Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The episodes may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. See a sleep specialist for consultation and a sleep study (PSG test). ...Read more

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