The leg swells and turns red

This affects many elderly people, as well as those who, by occupation, are forced to spend a long time on their feet.

The most common cause of pain in the legs are problems with blood vessels - the arteries that supply blood to the muscles of the legs. This is due to damage to the arteries arteriosclerosis. as a result of which the blood vessels narrow and can not deliver the necessary amounts of blood.

If the arteries deliver blood to the legs, then the outflow of blood is carried out through the veins. As a result of the defeat of the veins, diseases such as, varicose veins veins and phlebitis. Acute phlebitis gives a sensitive, reddened and swollen leg. If the veins that lie deep are affected, reddening is absent, but the leg swells and is sensitive to strong pressure.

There are cases when the circulation in the legs is normal, but the nerves going to the legs are irritated or sick. Such a pathology is called neuropathy - the patient feels pain and weakness in the legs.

When gout or arthritis joints of the legs are damaged and inflamed. The diseased joint turns red, swells, becomes sensitive to squeezing, and hurts more during movement.

If during walking you "suffice" a cramp is thisa signal from your muscles, which lacks oxygen because of blockage of the arteries. The probability of poor blood supply increases if the patient has a higher risk of vascular disease (smoking, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, heart attack).

But, pain in the leg can be associated with problemsyour spine (its lower parts). If you suddenly begin to pull a leg - you need to pass a survey. Chances are great that you have a vertebral hernia.

With diabetes, pain in the legs may occur due to neuropathy. In this case, the leg is perfectly normal, but the patient is concerned with shooting pains.

  1. If the pain decreases when the leg is raised, the veins are not in order;
  2. If the pain decreases when the leg is lowered - a problem in the arteries;
  3. If the pain is accompanied by numbness and tingling, the cause is in the spine.