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What causes lower leg pain?

There are many reasons why you may develop lower leg pain including vascular, neurological and musculoskeletal reasons. Below are just some of the more common types of lower leg pain condition if you would like to read more.

  • Shin splints
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Calf strain
  • Calf tightness / cramps

What are symptoms of vascular pain?

It should be noted that people with vascular pain may develop a painful ache in their legs when they walk, which usually disappears after a few minutes' rest. The medical term for this is "intermittent claudication".

The pain can range from mild to severe, and usually goes away after a few minutes when you rest your legs.

Both legs are often affected at the same time, although the pain may be worse in 1 leg.

Other symptoms of vascular pain may include:

  • hair loss on your legs and feet
  • numbness or weakness in the legs
  • brittle, slow-growing toenails
  • ulcers (open sores) on your feet and legs, which do not heal
  • changing skin colour on your legs, such as turning paler than usual or blue – this may be harder to see on brown and black skin
  • shiny skin
  • the muscles in your legs shrinking