7 types of leg pain (and when to take them seriously)
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Is your leg pain serious?
“The key (with leg pain) is the context,” said Dr Casey Humbyrd, chief of the foot and ankle division of orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins University. “If someone just got off a plane and says ‘My leg hurts,’ go to the hospital. We truly see a spike in deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during holiday travel season. Of course, many other kinds of leg pain are just signs of overuse and respond to ice and anti-inflammatory (pain medications).” DVT occurs when there is a blood clot in a vein, often in the lower limbs.
Only physicians can truly diagnose leg pain causes, though, so if home treatment doesn’t ease discomfort fairly quickly, seek medical advice.