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Leg Pain (cont.)

What Are Medical Treatments for Leg Pain?

Therapy for leg pain depends upon the cause. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, care will be tailored to the specific needs of the patient.

Is Follow-Up Needed After Leg Pain Treatment?

Depending upon the cause of leg pain, the need for further care may be minimal if it is due to an injury, or it may be lifelong if it is associated with a chronic condition such as diabetes or arterial disease.

Is It Possible to Prevent Leg Pain?

There is a school of thought that says that all injuries are preventable, but in the real world, accidents happen and injuries are the result. Some acute situations are potentially avoidable:

  • When traveling long distances by car, train, or by air, get up and walk every couple of hours to decrease the risk of deep venous thrombosis.
  • For those prone to falls, using a cane or walker may be helpful. As well, footwear with good grips should be encouraged. Falls can occur when the walking surface changes, for example, walking from a carpeted room to one with bare floors, or slipping on throw rugs. Home health-safety assessments to minimize these kinds of fall risks may be available through one's health-care provider or the county health department.
  • Maintaining an ideal weight will decrease the lifetime stress on bones and joints and decrease the potential for arthritis and obesity-related illnesses.
  • A regular exercise program and a healthy balanced diet, including adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, will maintain strong bones and joint flexibility.
  • For those with long-term medical conditions, maintaining good control of the disease is a lifelong commitment and may minimize the risk of developing complications. This is especially true for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. Smoking is a major risk factor for blood vessel disease and should be avoided.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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