What other symptoms might occur with leg pain in children?

Leg pain in children may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Conditions that are known to cause leg pain in children may also involve other body systems.

Leg symptoms that may occur along with leg pain in children

Leg pain in children may accompany other symptoms affecting the leg including:

  • Bleeding or bruising
  • Deformity or instability of a joint
  • Limited ability, or inability, to move the leg
  • Muscle weakness or spasm
  • Pain, whether at rest or during specific movements, that may be described as dull, sharp, burning, stabbing or aching
  • Pus or discharge
  • Redness, warmth or swelling

Generalized symptoms that may occur along with leg pain in children

Leg pain in children may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Fever and chills
  • Pain or swelling in other joints
  • Swelling or lump in other areas of the body

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, leg pain in children may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for leg pain in children that occurs along with other serious symptoms including:

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Loss of sensation in the lower leg
  • Obvious breakage or deformity of the bones
  • Paralysis
  • Uncontrollable pain
  • Uncontrolled or heavy bleeding or hemorrhage
  • Unwillingness to walk or bear weight on the leg
INTRODUCTION

What is leg pain in children?

Leg pain in children may be caused by a number of different injuries or conditions. Traumatic causes, such as bruises, sprains and strains, and broken bones are very common in children. Less commonly, chronic diseases such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can cause leg pain that may be concentrated in the joints.... Read more about leg pain in childrenintroduction

CAUSES

What causes leg pain in children?

Leg pain in children can be a nonspecific response to everyday activities, often called “growing pains.” Other traumatic causes may produce more severe pain. Infections, inflammatory conditions, and, very rarely, tumors, are other causes of leg pain in children.... Read more about leg pain in childrencauses

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