There are more than thirty known causes of leg pain, from well-known ones like varicose veins and fractures to less familiar ones like chondromalacia patella and systemic lupus erythematosus. But there are a few fast and simple remedies you can do to start easing pain in the leg as soon as possible. Beware of taking medicines without having your leg first checked by a foot doctor or podiatrist, and in the meantime you can control any pain, inflammation, bleeding and/or bruising with the remedies below.
Elevate your leg.
Placing your feet and legs in a higher position than your waist and chest can reduce blood flow to the area, which can quickly decrease any discomfort and swelling. Your blood will naturally be pulled down due to gravity, and although blood circulation will still continue, at least your fluids won’t flood and remain at the injured area to cause more bleeding and/or pain. If you can, lie down with your back to the floor and keep your feet comfortably propped up against a wall or among pillows. All leg and foot injuries, from turf toe symptoms to open wounds on the calves or thighs will benefit from keeping your feet elevated.
Place an ice compress to the injured site.
To further reduce pain, swelling or bleeding, ask someone to make an ice compress for you; the Fitnez website agrees that even a bunch of ice cubes wrapped in plastic or a towel is better than nothing at all. Ice compresses will work even better than keeping your feet elevated in preventing blood from flooding to the injury. And above all, avoid applying a warm or hot compress unless your doctor advises it, for this will encourage blood flow to the area and will increase pain and swelling.
Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
NSAIDs like Ibuprofen (Advil) can relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Advil is popularly taken for fever, migraines, tooth aches and muscle aches, but the drug is a strong enough painkiller to effectively ease the agony of arthritis and most causes of leg pain. Make sure not to take more than three capsules, especially if your doctor hasn’t given an exact prescription for the leg pain yet. Don’t mix aspirin with Ibuprofen or take both medicines within the same day, for they can interact adversely with each other. If you’re taking anticoagulants like Warfarin (Coumadin), you may be prohibited from taking Ibuprofen to avoid a drug interaction, so ask your doctor about other possible painkillers you can take.