7 types of leg pain (and when to take them seriously)
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Spasms or cramps in the leg muscles that don’t relax for at least several seconds may be caused by overuse or dehydration, says orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon, Dr John-Paul Rue. Sometimes even just walking much longer than usual may trigger leg cramps. Routine muscle cramps generally last just a few seconds or minutes and ease with warmth, rest and stretching, he says. But, he says, it’s important to distinguish between those and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). “The DVT usually presents with more deep-seated constant pain and swelling,” he says. If you suspect you have any symptoms of DVT, seek immediate medical attention. Another cause of ongoing pain and cramping in the legs could be peripheral artery disease, a clogging of the arteries (much like heart disease) that can reduce circulation to the limbs.