Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Leg Tenderness Overview

What is leg tenderness?
A person with leg tenderness has leg pain when pressure is applied to the leg. Leg tenderness may be caused by injury, irritation or inflammation of the skin, muscles, bones or joints in the leg.

What are the symptoms of leg tenderness?
Symptoms that can occur with leg tenderness include leg pain, leg bruising, leg swelling, skin redness, fever, joint swelling, leg deformity, and an inability to stand or walk.

How does the doctor treat leg tenderness?
Treatment for leg tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for leg tenderness may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, crutches, an elastic wrap, a splint or cast, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Severe causes of leg tenderness may require treatment with surgery or antibiotics.

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