Leg Pain and Injury

Leg pain is a very common issue among people of all ages and activity levels, and there are multiple and varying causes. Leg pain can occur from work or sports-related injuries, a more serious case of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), an arterial clot, or simply from carrying out everyday movements.

A local leg muscle, tendon or joint injury, (or a back issue is causing leg pain), it’s important to treat all leg injuries with careful and focussed attention.

Identifying a Leg Injury – What to Look For

If you or another person is experiencing leg pain, it is important to receive an accurate diagnosis to ensure the correct management of your pain. Only a qualified physician can provide an accurate and reliable assessment.

Sprains, and ligament tears to the calf and/or thigh are the most common types of leg injuries but fractures to the bones of the leg are also possible. These usually occur from trauma or a direct blow. Depending of the severity of the pain, symptoms of a leg injury can include:

  • Severe pain
  • Disfiguration or dislocation
  • A sense of numbness or tingling
  • Inability to move the leg normally due to weakness and or excessive pain
  • Inability to put weight on the affected leg
  • Signs of swelling, warmth, redness and/or bruising

If a bone is poking through the skin, call 000 for emergency assistance

Treating a Leg Injury – How You Can Help

Elastoplast offers a range of leg injury management products to help you protect and care for you and your family.

Your first point of call should be to a qualified physician. While you are waiting for a medical attention, follow and apply the RICER protocol to the affected area:

  • Rest – rest the leg and avoid putting weight on it
  • Ice – apply a cold Hot/Cold Pack to the injury for 20 minutes at regular intervals to help reduce discomfort
  • Compression – Gently strap or tape the affected area of the leg for support and gentle using an Tubular Support Bandage.
  • Elevation – Elevate the injured leg and rest on a soft surface to help reduce any bleeding or swelling.
  • Referral – Refer yourself or the injured child to a qualified physician for precise diagnosis and further care and treatment advice

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.


Preventing a Leg Injury – How to Best Prepare Yourself

By their nature, accidents can be difficult to prevent. There are a number of proactive ways you can help to avoid leg injuries from occurring or reoccurring, though.

  • Thoroughly stretch, warm up and cool down before and after exercise and sport
  • Don’t over exert yourself. If you experience pain when playing sport or exercising, stop, cool down and gently stretch
  • When traveling long distances in a sitting position, remember to walk around every two hours to decrease the risk of DVT
  • Wear appropriate footwear with good support and grip
  • Maintain a healthy body weight to decrease any stress on your leg bones and joints

Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Important: consult a health professional in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture. A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or are associated with neurological symptoms
(e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).


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