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Elderly Unable To Lift Leg While Walking
Left leg flex-or tendon unresponsive, when seated or standing or walking unable to point toes/foot upwards using muscles/tendons partial loss of sensation in left leg from knee down, causing embarrassing limp, 25 year old male
This : This sounds like a serious issue that should be evaluated in-person by a qualified physician! if your weakness was sudden, there are numerous possible causes, most importantly associated with your nervous system. It does not sound like you had a trauma, so muscle-or-tendon ruptures are unlikely. The most common reason for this problem is an acute disc herniation in the lumbar spine, that can occur without back pain or even any kind of bending/lifting injury. This causes nerve compression that gives patients typically radiating leg pain, numbness and weakness. The muscles that are associated with each lumbar spine level need to be tested individually during a good physical examination, and the distribution of your numbness should be traced. That can often lead to a pretty good diagnosis, even before imaging studies are done. You will probably need a set of standing lumbar x-rays and then possibly an MRI of your back to determine the real cause of the problem. There could be an inflammatory problem with onevof your nerves in the buttock or leg, although that is not as common as nerve root compression in the lower spine. Very rarely can individual nerve roots be affected with a disease inside of the cauda equina, the lower part of your nervous system inside of the lumbar spine, so that is unlikely. Even more rare would be a spinal cord problem higher up in the spine, or some kind of stroke inside of your brain, so that would not be the first thing your doctor will be looking for. Make sure you tell your physician as clear as you can when the problem started, where you feel weak, and where the numbness is (front, side, back of the lower leg?). Associated fever, chills, recent weight loss and problems with urination are important to convey to your doctor also. Do not wait too long to go see someone. Hopefully you can be treated with a course of anti-inflammatory medicines (similar to ibuprofen) and maybe physical therapy to see if things improve. Even with weakness, there is no good evidence for early surgery, as most patients -even if they were weak for a long time from nerve-root compression- eventually regain their strength just fine. Depending on the evaluation and possible MRI scan, do not let yourself get scared into surgery right away; try non-operative treatments first. If things do not improve, and there is indeed a significant amount of nerve compression in the lumbar spine, surgery might be the answer, and it is often very successful for this. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more
Joints feel stiff and weak while walking also muscles hurt burn while walking, but i can fully stretch joints.Difficult painful to get up after sitting for short time, have brisk reflexes. Spasticity?
Sudden pain on top of foot, was not doing amytjong. Hurts to bend toes, flex or point foot, walk up/down stairs not so much when walking regular.
Injury to tendons: Many times we strain ligaments and tendons, without realizing or remembering. When you injure an extensor tendon(function in raising the toes and foot) it will hurt to flex and point your toes. The injury only hurts at the end range of motion. We tend to keep walking on such injures and they become slow to heal. Resting such injuries, result in a faster recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain/pressure in knee and ankle when i walk or stand. Slight cramoing and pain in foot also whike resting, standing or walking. 28/f. Healthy.?
I would : Entertain the possibility of a mechanical cause such as a flatfoot or hyper pronated foot. Arthritic possibilities must also be considered. Finally, pain in one joint, could be the problem which ultimately causes pressure on the next...So a physical exam in person by a doctor would be a good idea. ...Read more
Hip pain when lifting it or moving it while laying down. Hurts to lift with leg extended and when bent at knee. Cause? 17 yrs old f 208 lbs htn & pcos
Hard to say: There are several possibilities and an exam could probably determine the cause. Probably the three most common causes in a 17 year old would be a soft tissue condition around the hip such as a tendinitis, or an inflammatory condition of the hip itself such as a synovitis, or that it is a non musculoskeletal condition involving the abdomen or pelvis. Consider being seen. ...Read more
Having leg spasms in thighs and constant (24/7) need to stretch legs when in sitting or resting position. Just finished heavy leg workout at crossfit.
Drink fluids ; rest: Sometimes you may have muscle spasms or cramping after a heavy workout. It is best to stretch out before ; after you exercise, drink plenty of water, replace electrolytes with drinks like gatorade, eat plenty of green leafy vegetables ; fruits. Replenish potassium w/ foods like avocados, bananas ; yogurt. Exercise at a lower pace ; gradually build up. Rest ; get eval for injury if spasms persist. ...Read more
After deconditioning from fall/pelvic fracture, can control of leg on that side be lost (shaky, sways when trying to stand)? Can standing hurt knee?
Yes, not likely: Your quadriceps muscles atrophy very quickly. Within the first three weeks of inactivity, they become very weak and it is difficult to stand comfortably, let alone walk. Unless there was further leg injury, i would not expect you to hurt your knee. It is more likely that you are experiencing referred pain from the pelvis injury. Seek help from a physical therapist in getting your strength back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When exercising or walking patella shifts. Difficult to walk for extended time or use stairs. Can this lead to dislocation if not stabilized?
Unlikely, but U may: Get subluxation. See a pcp, or specifically an orthopod to get a DX made. Physical therapy to increase specific muscles to be stronger maybe helpful. If subluxation symptoms are recurring then a lateral release will help. Dislocation is uncommon, except with an injury. Then it'll be treated in a cast or with surgery depending on an examination. So discuss with your orthopod. Good luck. ...Read more
Ache in right lateral knee while walking through stairs or while walking after sitting,what will be the diagnosis?
G1 anterolisthesis L5 on s1. Left leg very painful and difficult to walk on. Pain radiates down to ankle. Safe to use crutches until pain subsides?
Crutches OK: It would be safe to use crutches. However, crutches can cause soreness and skin breakdown in the armpits. Occasionally irritation of nerves to the arms can occur. If you are developing problems consult you primary doctor. Additionally, if the leg pain is not getting better within 6-8 weeks consult your doctor for an opinion from a spine specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Walk several miles(3-8)/day.Today walked 8 & began getting pain in front of ankle when lifting front of foot to walk. Doesn't occur if manually point foot up with hands. Only hurts when using foot/ankle muscles to lift toes/foot upward. Cause?
Should you wear commercial (or non) compression socks/stockings to alleviate intermittent claudication in lower legs when running? Help or hurt? Progressed to running with less pain-but pace is slow.
A neurologist should: Check you, there is something going on. ...Read more
I'm not surprised! : Witn each pound you gain, the risk of degenerative arthritis (DJD) increases by 2%. If your pain persists or gets worse after conservative measures such as nasid therapy (for example ibuprofen), cautious and appropriate stretching exercises, and weight loss, see your doctor. To be more thourough in my answer, i would need more history and exam results. Related to you occupation(?). ...Read more
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Mild knee pain when bent. Can't bend more than 90 degrees without assistance. Walk and bear weight fine.
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Bone bruise on talus (MRI) 6 weeks ago.Still too sore to walk without crutches.What support or shoes best to help get back to walking independantly?
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