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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Pins and needles in leg

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2 Potential Lower Leg Numbness Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Repetitive Strain Injury of the Calf

    Repetitive strain injury of the calf is caused by consistent repetitive use.

    Duplicate: Resolves with rest

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lower leg numbness, calf pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with repetitive strain injury of the calf:
    calf pain from overuse
    Symptoms that never occur with repetitive strain injury of the calf:
    recent calf injury, severe calf pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Fibular Stress Fracture

    The fibula is the smaller shin bone which lies on the outer part of the lower leg. With excessive, repeated stress, a small fracture (called a stress fracture) can occur.

    4-12 weeks with rest

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, pain in the outside of the knee, lower leg numbness, shin pain, pain in one shin
    Symptoms that always occur with fibular stress fracture:
    pain in the outside of the shin, pain in one shin
    Symptoms that never occur with fibular stress fracture:
    pain in both feet, pain in one foot, pain in the inside of the shin, swelling in both shins
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Lower Leg Numbness

  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Q.Are your symptoms worse during the late afternoon or night?
  • Q.Are you sleepy during the day?

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Lower Leg Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced lower leg numbness have also experienced:

    • 8% Foot Numbness
    • 5% Upper Leg Numbness
    • 4% Tingling Lower Leg
  • People who have experienced lower leg numbness had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 21% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Over a Month
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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