Possible causes of leg pain, which can affect a confined region or an entire leg, include normal wear and tear, overuse, or an injury to bones, joints, muscles or ligaments, according to Mayo Clinic. Leg pain also occurs due to lower spine conditions, poor circulation, blood clots and varicose veins.
A person may experience a persistent or intermittent leg pain that occurs unexpectedly or develops gradually, says Mayo Clinic. Leg pain can involve a sharp pain, a dull ache or a tingling sensation. Some people experience only minor leg pain, while others suffer intense leg pain that hampers walking ability.
Many conditions can lead to leg pain, but most of them are not considered severe, notes Healthline. People with leg pain typically experience mild, short-term discomfort that can be relieved using home treatments, such as raising the painful leg while resting or applying ice to the affected leg.
Leg pain commonly occurs due to cramps, or muscle spasms, which result from muscle fatigue, dehydration or medications, says Healthline. Some injuries that may cause leg pain include muscle strains, tendonitis, shin splints and stress fractures. Leg pain is also typically associated with atherosclerosis, arthritis, gout, deep vein thrombosis, and leg bone or tissue infection.