Pain, numbness, and discomfort in the legs and feet are common problems responsible for countless doctors’ visits each year. Unless the cause can be pinpointed to a fall, injury, or something obvious, however, identifying the source of the discomfort may take a little detective work. Compiled below are ten common reasons for leg pain and numbness. From peripheral artery disease and diabetic neuropathy to sciatica and common electrolyte imbalances, keep reading to learn about each of these and other primary causes of leg pain in today’s adults.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic autoimmune disorder caused by central nervous system damage, particularly the myelin sheath. While many MS sufferers often have remissions from symptoms, the condition is chronic and gets progressively worse over time. Common symptoms of MS include numbness and tingling, muscle spasms, fatigue, dizziness, and loss of balance. Numbness and tingling are typically the first signs of MS, and the sensations can range from minor to severe. In many cases, the symptoms can become severe enough to affect one’s ability to stand and walk.