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Description of the Symptom

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This chapter describes pathology that may lead to lower leg pain, including generalized, anteromedial, anterolateral, and posterior lower leg pain. Local causes of lower leg pain are defined as pathology occurring between the proximal one-third of the tibia and the area just proximal to the medial and lateral malleoli of the tibia. Remote causes are defined as occurring outside this region.

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Special Concerns

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  • Decreased sensation

  • Diminished femoral, popliteal, tibial, or dorsalis pedis pulses

  • Fever or signs of systemic disease

  • Inability to bear weight on the affected lower extremity

  • Pain increased at night and/or rest

  • Palpable warmth and swelling

  • Skin breakdown

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Lower Leg Pain

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