7 types of leg pain (and when to take them seriously)
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If you have pain in the front of the leg or knee, this is often a sign of shin splints and is almost always related to overuse. That is especially true when people begin or rapidly increase exercise or activity. “You often hear people say ‘I just started walking (or running) and started out at about five kilometres a day,’” says Dr Humbyrd. “Their bodies aren’t ready for that increase in activity. “Rest your legs, use ice to reduce swelling, and take anti-inflammatory painkillers,” she advises. Ensure splints don’t become stress fractures by maintaining appropriate vitamin D levels, says Dr Humbyrd. Ask your physician to test your vitamin D levels and discuss how to best increase them if they are at low levels.