Much of the pain in the shins and thigs can be due to strenuous activity, like high-impact sports, walking for too long, etc. These activities put a considerable load on the bone and can cause minor fractures.
Short and sweet
The shin, also called the tibia, is located in the front and side of the lower leg and it is the second-largest bone in the human body. The largest bone – the femur – in the human body is located right on top of the shin. These two areas are the culprits for much of the leg pain that we may experience during our lifetime.
What causes pain in the shins and hips?
Much of the pain in the shins can be due to strenuous activity, like high-impact sports, walking for too long, etc. These activities put a considerable load on the bone and can cause minor fractures.
The pain may arise both during and after the activity. But don’t think this only happens to runners – other sports such as basketball, tennis, and other activities that involve quick stops can also cause shin and calve injuries.
Excess weight or shoes that do not fit can cause pain in the calves. Other causes of pain in the calves: blood clots, arterial stenosis, infections, and more.
Most of the injuries around the hips happen as a result of tissue damage (in the thigh, or a nearby limb like the low back). Other causes may include conditions such as a ruptured lower back disc (with hip projection), tumors, infections, muscle hernia, arthritis, and more.
What does calf and thigh pain feel like?
Calf pain may be moderate and non-focused, but it increases as the load on the limb continues. In fact, if pain occurs initially during an activity, it is likely to continue when you are resting. Sometimes the pain will be accompanied by a slight swelling.
How is calf or hip pain diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask you about the nature, location, and intensity of the pain. They will also examine the area and try to decipher the source of the pain, which may be due to physical exertion or other reasons. In hip pain situations, you will be sent to get X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, as well as laboratory tests to determine the source of the inflammation.
How is calf or hip pain diagnosed?
Before or after a comprehensive visual and physical examination to identify weaknesses, distortions, or limitations, the physician will try to determine the source of the problem by asking about the events that led to the pain.
Imaging tests such as X-ray, ultrasound, CT, and others will often be needed.
How are calf or hip pain treated? Can advanced technology Help?
Hip pain will require you 2 to 3-week rest period to keep it from getting worse. It’s important to note that you don’t need to become completely immobilized when you have a calf or hip pain; just avoid specific activities that cause pain and be more mindful of how you move. It is possible and desirable to continue with your daily routine. Cold compresses on a raised leg may also be helpful.
Much of the hip pain that’s not due to severe illness may subside on its own after a rest period and avoiding movements that cause pain. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medications or advise you go get physical therapy.
To expedite recovery, it is also recommended to use advanced at-home pain relief technologies like “Olynvolt™ Pocket,” a lightweight, simple and user-friendly device.
How can I avoid thigh pain in the future?
Changing your workout routine to avoid painful exercises can help, and so do custom made insoles to correct your gait and posture. Seek professional help to build a tailored exercise program that can help you strengthen your leg muscles and avoid pain.