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Leg Pain Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

Leg pain can significantly limit your mobility and ability to participate in the activities you enjoy. At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the expert physicians diagnose and treat the causes of leg pain to help you regain control of your mobility. If you’re experiencing frequent, continuous leg pain, call Internal Medicine Practices today or schedule an appointment online.

Leg Pain Q & A

What causes leg pain?

Your legs not only allow you to move, but they also bear the weight of your upper body. As a result, your legs can be damaged and suffer wear-and-tear that interferes with your ability to move painlessly. Many degenerative conditions and injuries cause leg pain, including:

Herniated disc

The discs in your spine sit between the vertebrae. They cushion the bones, absorb shock, and allow your spine to move and flex. Each disc contains a hard outer covering and a soft gel-like center. Damage to the shell can cause the center gel to leak out, irritating the surrounding nerves.

If a herniated disc irritates the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the hips, thighs, and legs, it can lead to sciatica (inflammation of the sciatic nerve). This chronic condition primarily causes lower back pain, but it can also lead to leg pain, tingling, and weakness.

Muscle strain

Straining any muscle in your leg can cause constant pain. However, the larger muscles, like the hamstrings, can be excruciating when damaged.

Achilles tendinitis

The Achilles tendon connects the back of your ankle to your calf. When this tendon becomes inflamed, it can lead to a chronic condition called Achilles tendinitis. Overuse is the most common cause of this condition. Running, walking, and turning too quickly can damage the Achilles tendon.

Arthritis

Arthritis causes continuous joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Arthritis can affect any of your joints, but it commonly develops in the knees, hips, and ankles and can lead to leg pain.

What are the treatments for leg pain?

Your doctor at Internal Medicine Practices can recommend the right treatment for leg pain after diagnosing your condition. Once they complete a physical exam, review your medical history, and run tests — X-rays, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), a CT (computed tomography) scan, and/or others — your doctor can more accurately diagnose the cause of your leg pain.

Common treatments for leg pain include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medicine
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Rest

Depending on how severe your condition is, your doctor will most likely recommend a combination of treatments.

How can I prevent leg pain?

The best way to prevent leg pain is to do stretches and strengthening exercises every day. Keeping your muscles limber and strong prevents strain. Proper conditioning also relieves pressure on your joints to prevent damage.

Since your legs bear the weight of your upper body, maintaining a healthy weight reduces pain in the knees, ankles, and feet. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, to condition your legs.

Call the nearest Internal Medicine Practices location today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about leg pain and its treatments.

Fax: 949-543-2074