The 10 Best Home Remedies for Your Leg Pain
Most of us have had to deal with leg pain sometime in our lives. Some have to deal with chronic leg pain, and this can occur just one or both legs.
It can range from a stabbing sensation to a dull ache. Either way, it’s bothersome at best, and damaging at worst. It can even hinder mobility in some serious cases. There may also be a numb or tingling sensation involved.
The causes for leg pain can be numerous. They can be muscle spasm and fatigue, cramps, standing for long periods, dehydration or even nutritional deficiencies.
But it can also be a sign of more serious problems such as diabetes, nerve damage or arthritis. Some minor or dull leg pain will usually go away after just a few days.
The only needed remedy for such situations is plenty of rest and preferably keeping your affected leg elevated. But for a more severe type of pain that just won’t seem to go away, it is always wise to consult with your physician.
In the meantime, we have made a list for you with the top 10 remedies for any leg pain.
1. Cold Compress
If the pain in your leg happens to stem from any strenuous physical activity, the best thing to do is place a cold compress on the affected area.
The ice will numb the area and thus reduce any inflammation, swelling or pain.
- Use a bag of frozen peas or wrap a few ice cubes in a thin towel. Keep your leg elevated while applying the ice pack for about 10-15 minutes. It’s best to do this a few time daily until the pain is fully gone.
Note: Just be sure not to apply any ice directly onto your bare skin, as it might cause frostbite.
It helps your leg recover faster from any muscle damage which may be the source of the pain, to begin with.
The Science Translational Medicine journal had published a study back in 2012 where they discovered that merely 10 minutes of massaging can do wonders for lowering inflammation and calming any throbbing pain.
And besides, it is a well-established fact that massages aid in relieving anxiety and stress and help improve one’s blood circulation.
- Start by rubbing some warm coconut, mustard or olive oil on your affected area. Massage your leg firmly yet gently for about 10 minutes. You should do this two to three times each day, as you see fit.
Note: You don’t have to use your hands. You can instead opt for a self-massaging device or even a tennis ball for applying pressure to sore muscles.
Another successful home remedy for any leg pain is non-other than turmeric.
This powerful spice has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Its active ingredient, curcumin, hinders a vast number of molecules which are responsible for pain and inflammation.
- First, you need to mix one tsp. of turmeric powder with some sesame oil and make a paste. Then just apply this paste on the painful area, rubbing it in gently. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so before rinsing. Best to do this twice per day.
- You can also try drinking hot turmeric milk one to two times per day.
- You can even take turmeric in supplement form, but best to consult with your doctor first, especially if you are taking any blood-thinning medication.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is great for reducing any leg pain, among its many other uses. It’s of particular use for any gout or arthritis-related pain.
It even helps dissolve crystals and uric in one’s blood thanks to its alkalizing abilities.
Apart from easing inflammation and pain, it also aids in the removal of toxins from one’s connective tissues and joints.
- You can try adding one to two cups of raw ACV in a bath filled with warm water. Soak your leg in there for 30 minutes each day, until the pain disappears.
- You can also try mixing one to two tbsp. of raw ACV in some warm water. Add some raw honey and drink this concoction twice per day.
5. Epsom Salt
It contains magnesium, which is crucial for regulating nerve signals in the body. It even relaxes your muscles by naturally relieving inflammation or pain.
- Add half a cup of Epsom salt in a hot bath and stir it up. Soak your leg (or legs?) in the water for fifteen minutes. Best to repeat this 2-3 times weekly.
- And while we’re on magnesium, it’s best to eat foods which are abundant in it, such as pumpkin seeds, soy milk, tofu, bananas, whole grains, blackstrap molasses, dark green leafy veggies, and walnuts.
- Once again, there is also the option of supplements, but best to consult with your doctor first.
6. Tart Cherry Juice
It’s great for leg pain caused by exercise. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which do wonders for soft tissue pain.
The Medicine and Sports Science journal had published a study in 2012, where they’d concluded that this juice is a much safer alternative than any over-the-counter medication when it comes to relieving leg pain.
- You can either drink one cup of tart cherry juice or eat half a cup of fresh, organic tart cherries once a day.
Note: In case drinking this juice causes you any diarrhea or abdominal discomfort, don’t drink it.
You may have already heard of ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce both inflammation and pain.
It can even relieve sore muscles because it improves your blood’s circulation.
- Massage your painful area using ginger oil two to three times daily until the pain is gone.
- It’s also great to drink ginger tea two to three times daily. You can add raw honey or lemon juice for an even better taste.
- And again, you can also opt for a supplement, just make sure to ask your doctor first.
Note: Just don’t overdo it with ginger, because too much can thin one’s blood.
It is a potent source of antioxidants, which are known for their help in easing the pain.
Moreover, lemons aid in maintaining your body’s pH levels, which in turn prevents any inflammation or pain.
- You can try mixing castor oil and lemon juice in equal amounts. Then use this to massage the area where you feel pain two to three times daily.
- You can also add raw honey with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon into a cup filled with warm water and drink it twice per day.
9. Vitamin D
People who are deficient in this vitamin often deal with backache, thigh pain, body aches and, yes, leg pain too.
Additionally, this vitamin is great for the regulation of phosphorus and calcium, both of which are crucial for proper muscle and nerve functioning.
- You can get sufficient amounts of vitamin D through 10-15 minutes of morning sunlight, foods which are abundant in this vitamin (such as milk or salmon) and even take it in supplement form, after having consulted with your doctor.
A deficiency in this mineral may also be the cause of your leg pain.
Not only does it prevent dehydration but also, as we mentioned, it helps with the proper functioning of nerves and muscles.
- You can either eat potassium-rich foods (such as tomato juice, bananas, sweet potatoes, plums, etc.).
- Or you can take it as a supplement but you already know the drill – it’s best to ask your doctor first.
Some Extra Tips
- Drink two to three cups of green tea each day
- Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure in check
- Avoid alcohol or at least limit it
- Avoid smoking, even secondhand smoking is dangerous
- Reduce any stress to help lessen the symptoms
- Do some gentle stretching exercises for about 10 minutes each day
- For a few days, drink a glass of water with one tsp. of yellow mustard in it.
- You can also try topically applying a gel which contains 0.0125 percent capsaicin.