Leg pain can be intermittent or constant. It is caused by many different things, including wear and tear, overuse, or injuries in joints or bones or in muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues.
Shin splints is a common cause of leg pain, which should not be ignored. Seek treatment right away if you suspect you have shin splints. Otherwise, they can develop into stress fractures.
Leg pain can also be caused by blod clots, varicose veins or poor circulation. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a life-threatening blood clot disorder that is caused by a blood clot in the leg that can break off and travel into the lungs. Lower-extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is an example of a circulatory cause of leg pain. It’s caused by arteries in the legs becoming damaged and hardening, which causes poor circulation in the legs.
Not all leg pain is caused by overuse or injury to the joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissue in the legs. Some types are caused by problems in the lower spine (e.g., sciatica, stenosis) or nerve pain (e.g., peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, femoral nerve pain, sciatica, etc.).