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Walking and Leg Pain: Check It Out

By Stephen R. Farris

By now you may have heard that exercise and diet are essential to maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle. One of the best exercises you can start out with is walking. You may start out slow by walking a mile or so, then gradually increasing your distance by adding more miles into your routine.

However, there may come a time that you may start to experience leg pain, in which you might have to decrease the number of miles you walk or seek out professional help such as a doctor or chiropractor.

Some of the causes of your leg pain could be from a number of issues, but the best thing to do is get it checked out. Especially if you are in the middle age class and older, but it could happen to anyone, regardless of age.

When the Calf Tightens up or Cramps

This could be a sign of peripheral artery disease. Usually it occurs with tightness or cramping in the calf muscle, thigh or glutes, but mostly in the calf. You may want to get this checked out as soon as possible because this condition could lead to a stroke or heart attack since the disease is related to atherosclerosis.

Poor Circulation: What Could It Be?

When the blood in our veins has difficulty making its way back to our heart and lungs, it could be due to poor circulation and could be related to chronic venous insufficiency. Skin inflammation, cellulitis and swelling are just a few of the symptoms. Rest will usually help, but it would be wise -- especially if the pain persists -- to get checked out.

Is Your Blood Sugar Where it Needs to Be?

Folks with diabetes are subject to nerve damage and/or neuropathy. If you are experiencing tingling sensations in your legs, especially in the lower region, it could be a sign of diabetic neuropathy. Probably a good idea to start keeping your blood sugar down to help prevent this from coming on.

While these are just a few things that could be causing your leg pain, it's still a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor or chiropractor to see what could be causing you problems. It could be nothing that a little rest could cure, but it's better to be safe than take the chance that the condition could worsen or develop into problems further down the road.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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