Leg problems may be minor or serious and may include symptoms such as pain, swelling, cramps, numbness, tingling, weakness, or changes in temperature or color. Symptoms often develop from exercise, everyday wear and tear, or overuse.
Leg problems commonly occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, and work or projects around the home. Leg problems also can be caused by injuries.
Older adults have a higher risk for leg problems because they lose muscle mass as they age. Children may have leg problems for the same reasons as adults or for reasons specific to children. Problems are often caused by overactivity or the rapid growth of bone and muscle that occurs in children.
Drink extra water or an electrolyte replacement drink (such as Gatorade or Powerade) before, during, and after exercise, especially during hot or humid weather. Warm up well and stretch before any activity. Stretch after exercise to keep hot muscles from shortening and cramping. Avoid exercises and activities that cause you to point your toes, and do not wear high-heeled shoes. Use the correct techniques (movements) or positions during activities so that you do not strain your muscles. Use good posture while exercising. Use equipment appropriate to your size, strength, and ability.