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What causes burning sensation in legs from the knee down?

What causes burning sensation in legs from the knee down?

Neuropathy: Most commonly caused by diabetes. Several other conditions, including medication side effects can do this as well. ...Read more

Dr. Ejiro Isiorho
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Burning Sensation (Definition)

A burning sensation can be descriptive of nerve pain, some variations of migraine, and even central brain problems after a stroke. Have heard this said associated with phantom limb syndrome, reflex sympatheric dystrophy, and trigeminal neuralgia. Other patients might say ...Read more


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I feel dizzy sometimes and have burning sensation to my legs from knee down. My BP and Uric Acid levels are normal. What may have caused them?

I feel dizzy sometimes and have burning sensation to my legs from knee down. My BP and Uric Acid levels are normal. What may have caused them?

Uncertain: There is no clear diagnosis at present. The uric acid is not related I think. The Blood pressure can be related to the dizziness but you say it is normal. This may be related to medications, your kidney function or other things. This will be something your physician can help clarify ...Read more

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Pain and burning sensation behind the knee radating down to calf on right leg?

Pain and burning sensation behind the knee radating down to calf on right leg?

Cyst: If you can feel or palpate a fullness behind your knee this may be a baker's cyst. These put pressure on the structures behind the knee such as nerves, tendons, or blood vessels. The symptoms arise from the pressure. Surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Burning sensation from bottom of buttocks down the back of leg. Doesn't go past back of knee. Nerve? Just started when I sat down.

Burning sensation from bottom of buttocks down the back of leg. Doesn't go past back of knee. Nerve? Just started when I sat down.

It sounds like: Sciatica or pinched nerve which maybe related to arthritis, slipped disc or narrowing of the spinal canal. Diabetes is a remote possibility. See your dr for an accurate diagnosis. Take care! ...Read more

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I am having a burning sensation in both of my legs from the knees down. I did not really eat today could that be it or if not what can it be?

I am having a burning sensation in both of my legs from the knees down. I did not really eat today could that be it or if not what can it be?

I'm not aware of: Any causal relationship between "fasting" and the sensations you're describing. However, since nourishment is a necessary condition for life & you must eat at some point, I suggest you go ahead & do so. If your symptoms don't go away, then you will know that they aren't cause by fasting. Hope this helps. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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The front of my upper legs, just above the knees have a burning sensation in them when I lay down at night. I am often awakened due to a dull, nagging?

The front of my upper legs, just above the knees have a burning sensation in them when I lay down at night. I am often awakened due to a dull, nagging?

A number of things: These symptoms could be the result of a number of different things, related to both your past medical history as well as your physical exam. Please see your doctor who can evaluate this set of symptoms more closely in order to determine if more tests and/or therapy is required. ...Read more

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What cause a burning sensation in lower leg right below the knee. The burning sensation comes and goes. It's not swellon or warm to touch.

What cause a burning sensation in lower leg right below the knee. The burning sensation comes and goes. It's not swellon or warm to touch.

Hard to say: Answer depends on lots of information that we don't have. How long have you had it? When does it occur? Do you have any other medical problems? This is the sort of question best answered after an in-depth history & exam. Unless, after tracking the pain, you can relate it to an activity (certain exercise, prolonged sitting/standing in a certain position or chair) or a particular style of shoe. ...Read more

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I'm having serious stressed legs pains from my knees down to my ankles. Sometimes it's like chronic burning sensation. I have no idea what this is!?

I'm having serious stressed legs pains from my knees down to my ankles. Sometimes it's like chronic burning sensation. I have no idea what this is!?

Burning Nerve pain: Generally, burning is nerve pain, but not always. Stressed legs? Assume this means after being on your feet? You may have a nerve entrapment, either @ the inside of the ankle (tarsal tunnel), around the knee (common peroneal nerve or the tibial nerve @ the soleus sling behind the knee), or may be coming from your back, with pressure on nerves exiting the spinal column. You need through examination. ...Read more

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Hey hope you are well!! I have burning sensation behind both knees. A bruis on the side of my right one. In certain positions I get a stabbing pain from my calf to my upper leg. I work all day sitting down and already went to E R to make sure it was

Hey hope you are well!! I have burning sensation behind both knees. A bruis on the side of my right one. In certain positions I get a stabbing pain from my calf to my upper leg. I work all day sitting down and already went to E R to make sure it was

Orthopaedics eval: 31 year old gentleman with bilateral burning posterior knee pain, radiating pain from thigh to calf. You need a physical exam and evaluation from a specialist in orthopaedic surgery. Your physical exam will include a straight leg raising test to evaluate radiculopathy, pain along a spinal nerve from your spine which can radiate to the lower extremities. Imaging tests and other maneuvers will help. ...Read more

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Cramp and aching feeling in both legs from knee down sometimes feels like burning sensation. Sometimes pain slightly above knee. On iron tablets as lo?

Cramp and aching feeling in both legs from knee down sometimes feels like burning sensation. Sometimes pain slightly above knee. On iron tablets as lo?

You don't provide: Your age, but the likely diagnosis might be different if you are a younger vs older woman. The iron may help, but I would also check vitamin D and magnesium as they could also be low and contribute to these symptoms. If older, the diagnosis of neuropathy, often from Type 2 diabetes, comes into play. You need a good medical evaluation and a few lab tests, I think. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Sciatica? Pain in my left buttock, runs down leg, back of knee and into calf. No needles and pins. Burning sensation on side foot & under rib on left.

Sciatica? Pain in my left buttock, runs down leg, back of knee and into calf. No needles and pins. Burning sensation on side foot & under rib on left.

Probably: Although there are other potential causes, your symptoms are classic for "sciatica" which refers to symptoms that run down the leg from an irritation of a nerve in the back. Don't hesitate to be seen for it as there are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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What caused me a burning sensation in the knee?

What caused me a burning sensation in the knee?

More info: To help you, more information is required. How old are you, how long has the sensation been present, is the burning constant or intermittent, etc. ...Read more

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What can cause a burning sensation in chronic knee pain? No swelling just pain

Burning knee.: The knee is the largest joint on the body and although it seems like it is very simple, it is a complex joint. The tissue around the joint includes bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Damage to any of these tissues can cause burning pain. A typical example is damage to the cartilage under the knee cap (patella). This is called chondromalacia and can cause burning in the front of the knee. ...Read more

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Twisted my knee walked it out then 1, 2 weeks later knelt down and a burning sensation red hot poker?

Twisted my knee walked it out then 1, 2 weeks later knelt down and a burning sensation red hot poker?

Twisting: May enhance meniscal tears, the burning, nerve irritation. If after rest, ice no improvements, may need MRI for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was told I had a displaced meniscus root but the etilogy was unclear what does that mean? What causes burning sensation in the knee especiall medial

I was told I had a displaced meniscus root but the etilogy was unclear what does that mean? What causes burning sensation in the knee especiall medial

The tear: Think answered you but a root tear implies you tore the anchor portion of the meniscus. Root tears usually occur at the posterior (back) horn. These can be bad tears. You probably will need surgery to debride the tear.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes a burning sensation on the side of your knee when kneeling?

What causes a burning sensation on the side of your knee when kneeling?

Burning sensation: Is indicative of nerve irritation/entrapment (pinching) when kneeling. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of burning sensation in my knee?

What could be the cause of burning sensation in my knee?

Knee burning: Knee burning can be an infection occurring, it could also be back related or skin related, or vitamin deficiency. Please see your doctor to find source of your burning sensation. ...Read more

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What might cause a burning sensation under your knee cap?

What might cause a burning sensation under your knee cap?

Variable: Cartilage problem, tracking problem, strength problem. Synovitis. Get it checked out if you are not improving. ...Read more

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Burning sensation under left knee in when trying to touch my toes sitting flat on the ground. I'm 16, any idea what causes this?

Burning sensation under left knee in when trying to touch my toes sitting flat on the ground. I'm 16, any idea what causes this?

Hamstring tightness: The location you described is that of your hamstring tendon. If it is tight, when you try to stretch it, it will burn and hurt. Continue to GENTLY stretch it, and eventually it will loosen up and the pain will fade. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation on the outside of my left knee mainly when I bend down but it is sensitive to the touch what could it be?

I have a burning sensation on the outside of my left knee mainly when I bend down but it is sensitive to the touch what could it be?

Be seen: It sounds like a sprained ligament, but could be other things as well. See your physician for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can cause a random hot, burning sensation on the left inner thigh about 2.5 inches above the knee? This has escalated to a sharp searing pain.

What can cause a random hot, burning sensation on the left inner thigh about 2.5 inches above the knee? This has escalated to a sharp searing pain.

Entrapment?: If pain is truly random, i.e., not related to position or activity, you might have an entrapment neuropathy of a branch of medial femoral cutaneous nerve--not a common condition. Knee problems often cause pain in that area. Are you having joint stiffness, clicking, locking, swelling, heat? ...Read more

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Laying down &I feel a tight burning sensation on the outside of my right thigh. No numbness just feels hot hot hot and tight from above my knee thigh?

Laying down &I feel a tight burning sensation on the outside of my right thigh. No numbness just feels hot hot hot and tight from above my knee thigh?

Meralgia: Meralgia paresthetica. Inflammation of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve in the region just medial to the anterior superior iliac spine (hip bone in front). Caused by excess adipose/weight pulling or pressuring the nerve there or even tight clothes/cell phone holster/etc just over the nerve. Treatments: loosen aggravating factors, lose weight, injections. ...Read more

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Black pigmentation from toe till knee. What could be the cause? No itching/ burning sensation

Black pigmentation from toe till knee. What could be the cause? No itching/ burning sensation

Skin color changes: You would want to look at the black pigmentation and ask yourself. How long has it been there, has it grown over the past week/months, has it changed in size/color, etc. There are many different reasons to have pigmentation on your skin. You want to be weary of any new or changing skin lesions, especially if you have a hx of skin cancer. See your pcp/dermatologist for follow-up care. ...Read more

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Standing on my right knee causes pain that of burning sensation. It lasts secs once I get off knee. No swelling. Fallen on them 10yrs. Nerve damage?

Standing on my right knee causes pain that of burning sensation. It lasts secs once I get off knee. No swelling. Fallen on them 10yrs. Nerve damage?

Sounds like you have: Arthritis, or a meniscal tear. The fall might be responsible for the arthritis, but I think its the daily activities with subtle injuries in a susceptible person resulting in a meniscal tear. Its not a nerve issue.
See an orthopod and I am sure he'll help you.
In the meantime, use a cane for support, as I have seen too many people falling ; making it worse.
Good luck. ...Read more