Before we get started with the remedies, remember that there are various causes of leg pain. Most commonly, pain is due to a cramp, muscle spasm, muscle fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration or standing for a long time.
At times, pain can be a sign of muscle strain, tendonitis or stress fractures (overuse injury). Certain medical conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, restless leg syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, gout, varicose (spider) veins, and nerve damage can also cause this problem.
1. Cold Compresses
When leg pain occurs after strenuous physical activity, you can simply apply cold compresses. This will help reduce the pain by numbing the affected area and control swelling and inflammation.
Wrap a few ice cubes (or a bag of frozen peas) in a thin towel.Apply this pack on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes, while keeping the leg(s) elevated.Do this a few times a day.
Note: Do not apply ice directly on the skin, as it may cause frostbite.
Massage promotes faster recovery from muscle damage that causes leg pain. It improves blood circulation and helps relieve stress and anxiety.
Rub some warm olive, coconut or mustard oil on the affected area.Using gentle yet firm strokes, massage your legs for about 10 minutes.
You can also use a self-massage device or apply pressure to sore muscles using a tennis ball.
Another effective home remedy for leg pain is turmeric, which has antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
The compound curcumin in turmeric inhibits a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation and pain.
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with enough warm sesame oil to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and rub gently. Wait 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Do this twice daily as needed.
Note: If you take blood-thinning medicine, consult your doctor before taking turmeric as a medicine.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can also help reduce pain in your leg(s). It is particularly beneficial for arthritis and gout pain. Its alkalizing effect helps dissolve uric acid crystals in the blood.
Plus, it helps remove the buildup of toxins in the joints and connective tissues. In addition, it provides potassium, calcium and other essential minerals needed to ease pain and inflammation.
Add 1 to 2 cups of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water. Soak the affected leg in the water for 30 minutes, once daily for a few days. Also, mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water, add a little raw honey and drink it twice daily.
5. Epsom Salt Soak
Epsom salt contains magnesium, an important electrolyte that helps regulate nerve signals in the body. It even works as a natural muscle relaxant and helps reduce pain, inflammation and swelling.
Add ½ cup of Epsom salt to a hot bath and stir it well.Soak your legs in this water for 15 minutes.Repeat 2 or 3 times a week.