One of the more common leg pain issues is sciatica, an irritation of the sciatic nerve, which begins at the base of your spine. It is the largest nerve in the body and is joined to the lower lumbar and sacral regions. Pain associated with this nerve can be felt in regions of the lower leg, thigh, buttocks and calves. This ailment makes performing normal daily functions next to impossible, and relief is difficult when patients try to find a comfortable position. Patients with leg pain can also experience weakness, numbness or tingling.
Pain in the leg can be associated with any number of things, including bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves or skin. If there is inflammation in the tissue then this can be triggered by a disease or an injury. In diabetics, doctors will often check out whether they are having nerve damage or neuropathy. More serious causes of leg pain include blood clots or deep vein thrombosis, as well as arthritis.
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