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What does it mean when your leg buckles in pain when walking up and down the stairs?

What does it mean when your leg buckles in pain when walking up and down the stairs?

Muscle inhibition: Sometimes, when pain is perceived in an area, the body inhibits the muscles in the region to try to avoid activity. Your symptoms could be coming from anywhere- from the knee, hip, ankle, or back. See your primary care doc so they can start the appropriate work up and you to a physiatrist or orthopedist, if necessary. ...Read more

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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


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I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

Giving way...: Is a nonspecific sign and does not indicated tears or any other pathology. However, if your pain is worsening it is important to be evaluated by a musculoskeletal physician to determine the cause and correct treatment of your knee pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a meniscus tear even though the MRI comes back clean? I still experience severe pain when walking and knee buckles and pops

Is it possible to have a meniscus tear even though the MRI comes back clean? I still experience severe pain when walking and knee buckles and pops

Yes, it is possible: 25% of lateral meniscus tears are missed on mri. It is the job of your treating orthopedic surgeon to correlate MRI findings with your symptoms. Sometimes surgery is recommended despite relatively negative MRI findings. On the other hand, your symptoms may have nothing to do with your meniscus. Popping and buckling are not specific to meniscus problems. ...Read more

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I usually have random pain in my knee. However, today I had some mild pain when walking up stairs, & kneeling. Do I need a brace, wrap it? Please help.

I usually have random pain in my knee. However, today I had some mild pain when walking up stairs, & kneeling. Do I need a brace, wrap it? Please help.

Get evaluated: It is best to get a proper diagnosis and treatment options. You may benefit from physical therapy and strengthening exercises without a proper physical exam and diagnosis it is not possible to recommend treatment. ...Read more

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I'm 48 and experience a lot pain in my left knee when ascending/descending stairs. No pain when walking. What's the cause and any solutions?

I'm 48 and experience a lot pain in my left knee when ascending/descending stairs. No pain when walking. What's the cause and any solutions?

Need more info: Thanks for your question! You should get this looked at by your doc. By the way you describe it (if anterior knee pain) it could definitely be patellofemoral syndrome. However I would encourage you to have it examined and give some additional history. ...Read more

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I began to experience left foot pain when walking yesterday. Pain is towards the heel, and is mild. No pain at all when walking up stairs. What to do?

I began to experience left foot pain when walking yesterday. Pain is towards the heel, and is mild. No pain at all when walking up stairs. What to do?

Stretch and massage: Consider massaging the arch and heel. Stretching the foot by pulling toes toward you can also help relieve tension on the plantar fascia ligament on the bottom of your feet.
I would also recommend proper arch supports in your shoes. ...Read more

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I been havin pain in right side groin, leg, and rectum, all right side back. Its worst when I sit down. No pain when walking.?

I been havin pain in right side groin, leg, and rectum, all right side back. Its worst when I sit down. No pain when walking.?

Not enough info: In addition to info such as what you were doing before it started, how long it's been going and what makes it better or worse. We would need to do a physical exam to determine if there's tenderness (if so, where), pain with movement of the right hip etc. While most of the info. Can be obtained from a virtual consult, it can't be done in a Q/A format. Sorry. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my lower left back and down my left leg when I tilt my head forward. And also a lesser degree of pain when walking.

I have a sharp pain in my lower left back and down my left leg when I tilt my head forward. And also a lesser degree of pain when walking.

Sounds: Like you may have a disc problem (at L4-5 as a guess)
You may be helped by a Chiropractor or by Physical Therapy! Consult first wwith your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Ankle pain when walking shoots up leg hard to move my foot up and down and ankle looks normal pain comes and gose?

Ankle pain when walking shoots up leg hard to move my foot up and down and ankle looks normal pain comes and gose?

Start of arthritis: The symptoms you complain of are often caused by arthritis of the ankle. A condition where the cartilage surface of the joint is compromised.

You should see an orthopedic surgeon and get examined and have at least an X-ray done.. ...Read more

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? Pain/numb from my back, down my leg, & up to my neck. Pain in side. Hard to walk & my leg tries to buckle. Neck, back & hip feel out of place.?

? Pain/numb from my back, down my leg, & up to my neck. Pain in side. Hard to walk & my leg tries to buckle. Neck, back & hip feel out of place.?

Fibromyalgia: 35 yo female with "diabetes insipidus", chronic widespread pain, heart murmur, generalized weakness, & neck, back & "hip" pain might have fibromyalgia (FM); highly associated with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, which is associated with mitral valve prolapse, pelvic pain, low back pain & interstitial cystitis. FM includes chronic spasm/weakness of major muscles that maintain upright posture. ...Read more

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Is walking up and down the stairs bad for your legs / knees?

Is walking up and down the stairs bad for your legs / knees?

Walking up/down stai: No as long as you do not have any medical problem with your knees, going up and down the stairs is not bad for your legs/knees. It is good for your overall health including heart, circulation and muscles. But if you have pathology in your knees or hips than consult your doctor if it should be done. ...Read more

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I have constant pain in my legs. Hurts to touch, constant throbbing. Sometimes cant even walk up and down the stairs. Eased by adding pressure on them?

I have constant pain in my legs. Hurts to touch, constant throbbing. Sometimes cant even walk up and down the stairs. Eased by adding pressure on them?

Needs to beChecked: Constany pain in both legs needs to be checked by your GP. Especially you can not walk sometimes. It is difficult to say what it is. Is the pain in the joints or whole leg. It may be due to musculoskeletal condition. Needs detailed History and Physical Examination and may need other tests like blood or Xrays. To find out the cause of so much pain ...Read more

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Is walking up and down stairs and around the house enough to prevent blood clots in legs after child birth? I still sit down and lay down but can walk

Is walking up and down stairs and around the house enough to prevent blood clots in legs after child birth? I still sit down and lay down but can walk

Will help: Unless you have an inherited disorder making you liable to clot formation, going up and down stairs will be sufficient to prevent clot formation. Do it multiple times in a day.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What causes legs to shake when walking down stairs?

What causes legs to shake when walking down stairs?

Very unusual symptom: It is difficult to understand what exactly you mean without watching you when you walk down stairs. In any case see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Whenever I smoke hookah and I walk down stairs my legs go all funny and feel really weak like I have a shaky feeling in my legs, why is this?

Whenever I smoke hookah and I walk down stairs my legs go all funny and feel really weak like I have a shaky feeling in my legs, why is this?

It's a sign: Having such side effects is a sign saying, "Stop smoking stuff." Humans are born with beautifully clean lungs. It is unnatural to be purposely inhaling the byproducts of burning organic and inorganic stuff. The known and the unknown chemicals in the smoke are causing some damage and/or disturbance in one's body. Stop doing unnatural things to the body. ...Read more

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I workout pretty hard and recently my knee has been clicking when I walk down stairs or try to do any leg exercises. No pain. What could this be?

I workout pretty hard and recently my knee has been clicking when I walk down stairs or try to do any leg exercises. No pain. What could this be?

Chondromalacia: If it is the knee cap that is clicking it is probably chondromalacia, the is a condition where there is irregularity on the back of the kneecap that tends to catch when you squat or use stairs.
There are exercises and knee braces that may help.
First go to you doctor or a sports medicine doctor to be checked. ...Read more

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My wife's ankle is swollen. No obvious injury. Hurting for about a month. Sharp pain when walking, worse after lying down. Any thoughts?

My wife's ankle is swollen. No obvious injury. Hurting for about a month. Sharp pain when walking, worse after lying down. Any thoughts?

Needs exam: This can be caused by a variety of conditions.
Exam is needed, and prob Xray and then labs to make the correct DX and treatment.
Could be arthritis--etiology can be from many things. ...Read more

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Calf pain when walking. I get a pulling sensation deep in calf when walking. Sometimes electric shock like sensation that shoot down medial and back o?

Calf pain when walking. I get a pulling sensation deep in calf when walking. Sometimes electric shock like sensation that shoot down medial and back o?

Calf muscles: This babies are often stiff in the AM and it is easy to misstep and tear the musculotendinous junction. ALWAYS warm up before any strenuous activity. Try the runner's stretch with alternate legs-gently. ...Read more

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Moderate calf pain that radiates down back of leg towards ankle. Worse when walking and going up and down stairs. What could it be and what to do?

Muscle strain: There are many potential causes of calf pain, the most common of which is a muscle strain. Try to ice the area and take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as Ibuprofen (with food) for relief. If you are experiencing chest pain or trouble breathing with these symptoms, however, then you should call your doctor immediately, as this could indicate a more worrisome cause. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My knees make a creaking/popping sound when I extend my leg. It is sometimes painful to walk down stairs. I exercise and eat well. What can I do?

My knees make a creaking/popping sound when I extend my leg. It is sometimes painful to walk down stairs. I exercise and eat well. What can I do?

A few things: You have chondromalacia patella. This is an early degenerative problem of the cartilage on the back of the patella and the stress with up and down activities causes grinding under the kneecap. The best treatment options are icing, hamstring and quad stretching, avoid stairs/lunges/squats and activity modification. ...Read more

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I get shaking in my right leg when walking down stairs or hills and shaking in my rightarm also when holding a cup or glass and a dull aching as well?

I get shaking in my right leg when walking down stairs or hills and shaking in my rightarm also when holding a cup or glass and a dull aching as well?

Vague/ see Dr.: Need a thorough history and exam to try and determine (possibly with some neurological and muscle testing,) what is going on. I would go as soon as you can. ...Read more

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I have pain in the muscle just above my knee in both legs which is causing me to struggle to walk and climb down stairs and slopes?

I have pain in the muscle just above my knee in both legs which is causing me to struggle to walk and climb down stairs and slopes?

Bursitis/Tendinitis?: If you are very active you could be having an overuse injury. Typically, in the area you mention, a bursitis just above your kneecap or an inflammation of the tendons of your quads could be the issue. A thorough review of your complaints, timing, onset, and duration plus a good physical exam will give you the answer. ...Read more

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Fell on ice hurt lower back. Year later fell down stairs hurt same area. Could this be cause of leg weak, feet inflammed and red after walking??

Fell on ice hurt lower back. Year later fell down stairs hurt same area. Could this be cause of leg weak, feet inflammed and red after walking??

Maybe - need more in: We would need to have a lot more information.

The foot problem may not be related to the fall but you need to see your physician, get an evalaution.

This can be a vascular problem in the legs. Did the fall cause weakness? Is there neurological injury?

This is what we need to knw. ...Read more

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For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg. Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs. Can be quiet dull or sharp. I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer? Worried

For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg. Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs. Can be quiet dull or sharp. I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer? Worried

Doubtful: Cancer is statistically extremely unlikely. Much more likely at your age would be conditions such as chondromalacia (wear and tear of the kneecap cartilage) or possibly cartilage wear and tear within the knee joint itself. I would recommend seeing a physician for evaluation since symptoms have been present for a month. ...Read more

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If I try to walk down stairs, my legs get wobbly and shaky, sometimes shortness of breath. Also am very shaky especially in the morning. & chest pain?

If I try to walk down stairs, my legs get wobbly and shaky, sometimes shortness of breath. Also am very shaky especially in the morning. & chest pain?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Got hit in the knee with a puck it swelled then later bruised its been 2 days and is getting worse hurts to walk and stairs and shooting pain down leg?

Got hit in the knee with a puck it swelled then later bruised its been 2 days and is getting worse hurts to walk and stairs and shooting pain down leg?

Might be a good: Idea to get an x-ray at this point to rule out a fracture of the patella or knee cap. See your doctor to also evaluate the knee for any kind of instability at the joint. ...Read more

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What could it be after falling down stairs, bruise bigger then my palm chest pain leg pain difficult walking blacking out falling for no reason?

What could it be after falling down stairs, bruise bigger then my palm chest pain leg pain difficult walking blacking out falling for no reason?

See a physician: Hi! If you are fainting and have already fallen down stairs, you should see a physician for a complete evaluation. This is not normal and should not be minimized. ...Read more