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Burning Leg Pain

07/27/2009

Question:

I am not an athlete, but I thought this was the most appropriate space to post my question. When I am walking, I sometimes feel a burning pain in my legs, the left one more than the right which makes me have to slow down or stop. I usually walk fast but this problem only happens sometimes. It is very painful, a burning sensation all over my leg. I don`t know if it`s the bone or the muscle that hurts, it feels as if it were the bone. What is the possible cause of this? How can I treat it? Thank you.

Answer:

Commonly, pain that is described as "burning" by patients is related to nerve pain.  The symptoms you describe sound like nerve pain that could be originating from a back/spine dysfunction.  Based on what you describe, you should be evaluated by an orthopaedic specialist before attempting to treat your symptoms.

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Mike  Sypniak, MS, ATC Mike Sypniak, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University