Healthy legs are the foundation for your mobility. If you’re experiencing leg pain, expert pain management physicians can help. At Total Diagnostic and Interventional Pain in LaGrange, Georgia, highly trained pain management doctors use advanced diagnostic tools to pinpoint the cause of your pain and create the appropriate treatment plan. Call the office today or request an appointment online to learn more about leg pain.
What causes leg pain?
Legs provide movement and stability for the entire body. With numerous bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, the legs are vulnerable to injury and wear and tear. Treating leg pain at the earliest sign of discomfort can help protect your mobility and quality of life.
Many injuries and conditions can cause leg pain, including:
Arthritis is a condition that can cause inflammation in the hips, knees or small joints in the feet and toes.
Osteoarthritis, which tends to affect larger joints, occurs when the cartilage around the bones breaks down.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops in smaller joints. This disease is characterized by the body attacking its own joints.
The Achilles tendon supports the back of your ankle and runs through your calf. Injury to this essential tendon can limit your mobility. While a sudden injury can cause Achilles tendonitis, overuse from repetitive motions is the most common reason it develops.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Diabetes can damage the nerves in your body, particularly those in the legs and feet. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy causes chronic pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness, making it difficult to walk. You may find it hard to be balanced while standing and may feel a burning sensation in your feet.
Varicose veins are bulging leg veins that primarily cause cosmetic concerns. However, they may cause swelling, heaviness, and pain in the legs.
The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as a barrier between the joints and tissues, allowing you to move without pain. When inflamed, they can limit the range of motion in your joints.
A full evaluation is important to determine the cause of your leg pain and create the appropriate treatment plan.
How is leg pain diagnosed?
The first step in diagnosing leg pain involves a full physical exam and medical history review. The provider analyzes your gait (walk) and movement to detect abnormal patterns.
After completing the exam, your provider may order diagnostic imaging tests, such as an X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT). A nerve conduction study can also help identify faulty nerve function.
What treatments can help my leg pain?
Depending on the severity and cause of your leg pain, your provider may recommend:
TDI Pain uses the best pain treatments to suit your needs and improve your mobility.
Call Total Diagnostic and Interventional Pain today or request an appointment online to learn more about leg pain treatments.