What are the signs of leg problems?

Leg symptoms include any type of pain or other abnormality in the region from the pelvis to the ankles. This area includes the thighs, knees, ankles, calves and shins. Your legs provide structural support and enable movement. They are made up of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels.

Leg muscles provide motion, and tendons anchor the muscles to bones. Your legs also include the hip, knee and ankle joints, which are capable of a wide range of movement. Ligaments hold bones together at the joints. Nerves control sensation and movement, and blood vessels ensure continuous blood circulation to and from the legs.

Any of the structures of the legs are subject to injury, infection, diseases, and other conditions that can lead to various symptoms including:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Deformity, such as a broken bone
  • Difficulty or inability to move the leg (paralysis)
  • Joint stiffness and difficulty moving
  • Leg cramps
  • Leg rashes and other changes in the skin of the legs
  • Pain
  • Paresthesia (numbness, burning, tingling, and other abnormal sensations)
  • Spasms
  • Swelling
  • Weakness

Leg symptoms can develop suddenly or over time and may last briefly or persist for several months. The severity of leg symptoms can range from irritation and mild discomfort to pain so debilitating that you cannot put weight on your leg or walk.

Leg symptoms can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, from normal growth and aging to sprains and contusions. Leg symptoms can also be caused by serious diseases and disorders, such as deep vein thrombosis and complications of diabetes.

In some cases, leg symptoms may be caused by a serious or life-threatening condition, such as deep vein thrombosis, gangrene, fracture, spinal trauma, or stroke. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have difficulty moving a leg, a deformity of the hip or leg, loss of bowel or bladder control, numbness, paralysis, severe pain, or uncontrolled bleeding from the leg.


What other symptoms might occur with leg symptoms?

Leg symptoms can develop along with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms can involve other body systems, such as the cardiovascular and neurological systems. Symptoms that may accompany leg symptoms include:


What causes leg symptoms?

There are a wide variety of conditions that can cause leg symptoms. For example, leg symptoms can be caused by physical activity, leg injury, or age-related wear and tear on the hips, knees and ankles. Leg symptoms can also be caused by infections, as well as diseases and disorders the affect multiple body systems or areas, such as Read more about leg symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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