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Running on Fumes: What’s Causing Your Worst Leg Soreness?

written by Guest Blogger September 2, 2016

Do you or someone you know have sore legs and are clueless about the cause of it? Keep reading today’s guest article by Brooke Chaplan and maybe the answer is in her list of common causes of leg soreness!  

Mobility is a precious commodity that is missed as soon as a leg problem arises. Leg soreness is a red flag and can be caused by several culprits. Most issues are benign, while others are life-threatening. The benign list starts with simple strains or sprains and ends with medications or medical conditions. Life-threatening could be a blood clot and/or Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD. Here is a look at the most common contributing factors of leg soreness.

Simple Strains and Sprains
The overuse of any muscle will cause strains to occur. An example of a sudden sprain can happen when taking an awkward step and the ankle rolls while walking or running. Both are not too alarming and will quickly dissipate with rest and time. Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen and a cold compress will expedite recovery as well. The level of injury sustained will determine the recuperative period needed.

Injuries from Exercising
Exercising is good for you, but can cause injuries if not done correctly. A regularly occurring issues like shin splints are painful and dangerous. They occur among walkers and runners and the pain is felt on the front, lower leg usually a day after injuries happen. A rare offender is new muscle mass aches mixed with bits of cramping. Tendonitis is another consideration experienced by those that exercise regularly. This is common inflammation of tendons that connect muscles to bones. These injuries will resolve over time, but will require a day or two of rest, ice, and over-the-counter medication.

Varicose Veins
This next condition causes more than simple discomfort, it is also unsightly, causing suffers bulging veins all over their lower and sometimes upper legs. According to the Ivein vein center, varicose veins are caused by insufficient blood flow from the legs. It is sometimes associated with a serious condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT. This is similar to blood clot related conditions and should be treated by a Utah vein doctor or similar professional. Vein treatment centers can assess the specific condition and recommend treatments to alleviate it partially or completely.

There are some well-known medications out there that can actually cause soreness in the legs. This is common for diuretics that treat heart failure and high blood pressure. Drinking plenty of water will resolve the nuisance symptoms. Drugs that treat high cholesterol are also known for causing leg pain.

Medical Conditions
Auto-immune illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, Restless Leg Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and several thyroid conditions cause leg pain. The type and level will vary based on the specific ailment so treatment will also vary. A talk with your personal physician will disclose the available solutions. Pinched nerves in the lower back especially the sciatica will create a scenario where leg pain exists. This will require bed rest, hot and cold packs, physical therapy, and maybe even surgery.

Any leg discomfort requires you to take note as the body sounds the alarm. There is usually no need to panic, but it should not be ignored either. If the problem is related to a common injury, self-help tactics will suffice. For those that fall outside this criteria, seek medical attention.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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