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Leg Pain In Shin Area
My husband has had severe leg pain (shin and ankle area) for over 2 years. He has had xrays, mri, worn a boot, no diagnosis yet. What do we need to do?
Tendon: I would suggest evaluating his proximal and distal tibialis anterior tendons by palpation and ultrasound. Also whether hew has lost arch height. As a person ages and the foot lengthens the arch drops. The tibialis muscle contarcts and trigger points are activated within in causing referred pain into the ankle and foot. Treatment involves orthotics and prolotherapy to the foot and ankle. ...Read more
3yr old has had frequent leg pain in one leg shin knee area, at night for the past 2yrs..no swelling or limping, fine during day.
See a Doc: You really need to be examined by a doctor to figure out what is causing the pain. Some things that could cause pain in the shin are shin splints which is an irritation of the covering of the bone called the periosteum. Tendon or muscle strains are also a possibility. Need to also look at possible problems with circulation. Sometimes the pain is far away from the source. A doc should figure out. ...Read more
54F-H/O hysterectomy & bilateral salpingo oopherectomy 10y ago for benign cysts & lap chole 4 months ago for stones.Shin pain in right leg,sometimes mild,sometimes severe.Taking multivitamins & calcium tablet daily with Dr's advice.Still having pain?
My 3yr old has been complaining of leg pain for 5 days straight. He points to his shins and wants me to hold him. Growing Pains?
See Your Doctor: Your 3 yr old complains of "leg pain x 5 days straight; points to shins". Leg pain in this age group has many causes such as trauma, infection, & more. These causes must be ruled out before considering growing pains which is a benign condition, typically involving the shin, occurs at night and following days of increased activity, no swelling or limp. See your child's doctor for correct diagnosis. ...Read more
I am having severe knee pain. Was hit on knee with straight leg. Pain on outside, radiates down shin. Can't fully bend, or bear weight?
Needs evaluation: Because of the traumatic nature of the injury, this should be evaluated by a physician. The difficulty with weight bearing is concerning, and so please see your doctor at the earliest opportunity. You will need an examination of the knee, and possibly an imaging study as well. ...Read more
I am experiencing knee pain and pain going down the leg to my ankle and shin. The following also describes me: Leg pain. What should I do?
Arthritis: There are a number of possibilities but the most likely is some form of arthritis of the knee. Pain down the leg occurs in this condition due to the alteration of leg motion as you guard to protect the arthritis. Try an NSAID such as 400-800 mg of ibuprofen (along with a stomach acidity counteractant like omeprazole), for a week or two .. If that fails, see your family doctor. ...Read more
Looks like shin has shifted off of knee a little had leg pain for 2 months. Should I wait on mri appt or go to er?
It sounds like you: ...have already seen a doctor about this since you have an appointment for the MRI. MRI's can diagnose, but they can't treat. ER visits are expensive. Keep you appointment for the MRI, follow up with the doctor you've already seen and continue any patient care instructions that s/he has already given you. Dr. Anne ...Read more
How do I know if my anteromedial leg pain is a shin splint, & how do to treat it as quickly as possible so i can resume running? Started running 6 weeks ago. Was up to 4 mile runs until this pain got too intense to continue. I think the pain is slightly m
PEMF: Pulse electromagnetic therapy works very well for periostitis. I had a personal injury due to trying to lift a microwave and scraped this on my shin. The induration and hematoma immediately got better with pemf but the induration lasted total of 10 days. In addition you might need cat's claw and essential fatty acids to relieve pain. Handheld pemf device is available from http://almagia.Com. ...Read more
Bad leg pain from thigh, down shin to ankle.Stiff knee.Dd neg for clot 1 wk ago but said possible sprfcl clot on shin. What else could be pain?
Thigh leg pain: I would need more history to provide better advice. Perhaps an introductory web consult would be helpful. Di d you have an injury ? DOES YOUR BACK HURT? Any numbness or tingling ? Any swelling of your leg ? What medications are you on ? Do you have other medical conditions thaT YOU ARE BEING TREATEd for? ...Read more
Stretches: Shin splints are frustrating for sure! tight heel cords (achilles tendons in the back of the leg at the ankle) can contribute, so doing stretches for that muscle before and after running can help-wall push-ups with legs straight, etc. See link for that and other suggestions: http://tinyurl.Com/d5qxtk4. ...Read more
Left lower leg pain (shin) swelling sometimes my foot feels cold shin feels cold feel if there is something heavy press on shin what could be cause?
CompartmentSyndrome?: One of serveral etiologies to what you describe could be a condition called 'compartment syndrome'. This is seen in pnts who sustain sudden or repetitive trauma to the anterior aspect of the leg. Muscles in this area are tightly bound by fascia and may sometimes swell within a compartment leading to muscel strangulation. You should definitely have this looked at soon. ...Read more
Dr said I had superficial clot on shin & not to worry butI have leg pain and now pvc's, single scary thuds.Can I take baby aspirin? Saw him 2 days ago
Superficial clot: The superficial clot likely has no relationship to the PVCs. It may be causing pain. Taking an ASA one a day is no problem and can prevent clotting. All the best. If the PVCs are frequent, see your doctor. ...Read more
Lower left leg pain. Sharp but doesn't hinder anything. No known bruising. Just above shin but it isn't on the bone so not shin splints I think?
Could be Shin splint: Shin splints are not necessarily on the bone. What happens is that the muscle belly gets pulled from the bone, but the pain can be palpated on the muscle itself. Have to know why, what activity were you doing, etc. Rest, ice area and see if pain goes away. If not, seek medical attention. ...Read more
I am experiencing leg pain. The following also describes me: Cold feet. I fell from my bike just over a week ago and badly bruised my left thigh with a hematoma and scraped and bruised my right shin up to the knee. What should I do?
Examination: You must be examined immediately. You may have very serious circulatory problem. Go now. ...Read more
Cyclist for 20yrs. Started having right leg pain Burning aching from foot tendon all the way up leg along outside shin during hard efforts only. ?
Pain in leg lumps near shin bones. 36 weeks preg. Losing muscle mass and weight. Lumps movable. Docs not sure. Appeared suddenly. Lots of leg pain too.
Discuss with Doc: Lumps on you legs at 36 weeks of pregnancy could be either prominent fatty collections call lipoma or from prominent veins or varicosities. Elevation of your legs should help. Both can be palpated under the skin and appear mobile. Loss of muscle mass can be from lack of activity , if you you have been slowing down. The weight loss is more of a concern and would discuss this with your obstetrician. ...Read more
I feel really ill and weak. I have front leg pain in both legs, knees shins ankles and burning itchy feet. I have been sweating and can hardly walk. ?
See A DOCTOR: It is unclear exactly what is causing your issues. You need to be seen. ...Read more
Crawling sensation on shin, twitches,quick warm sensations on thigh and shin, sciatic like leg pain thigh to ankle.Stiff sore knee.Back pain.Nerves???
Recurring achey pain in shin area (dislocated kneecap last year) also suffered from Osgood Slatters as a child. What could it be?
Recurrent pain: See a podiatrist and get an xray to rule out a possible fracture of the ankle secondary to trauma ...Read more
Depends: This would depend on the source of the leg pain. I would see your doctor for a full work-up to determine the cause. ...Read more
Sudden localized area right leg pain started two nights ago. No pain improvement and now redness over it. Is this bad?
Shin splints?: Are you a runner? Here's a link: https://www.google.com/search?q=shin+splints&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS593US594&oq=shin+splints&aqs=chrome..69i57.3111j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 ...Read more
See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more
It is common for diabetic leg pain to be as high as the thigh area or it is mainly isolated to the feet?
Diabetic neuropathy: Most commonly it is in a "stocking" distribution, feet ankles. However it can go much higher. You should talk to your doctor about this. If this is diabetic neuropathy, good glycemic control and medications are important. Other types of neuropathy can involve motor and sensory nerves. However, other possibilities include nerve root/disk disease, or other neurologic problems. ...Read more
I get shin pain sometimes after excersising but it goes away in 1 day is that shin splints or what is it?
Probably: Shin splints occur when the outside edge of the bone, the periosteum, gets inflamed often with repetitive activity like running. They also can include tiny tears of the muscles in the shin where they attach to the tibia. Treatment can include rehab/PT, icing after exercise, avoiding overuse (too much, too soon), improving running gait and updating your footwear or adding orthotics/inserts. ...Read more
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