Thigh pain after walking (Femoral nerve trapped?
by B Watling
After walking for about half an hour I begin to get a pain down mt left leg which gets more painful the further I walk and then starts to cause a limp in my left leg. It feels like a groin strain but it is not that. If I continue to walk for an hour or two (At an Exhibiton) and then return to my car I cannot lift my left leg into the car. I have to lift it in with my arms causing excruciating pain in my left leg. After around an hour's rest the pain slowly disappears until next time I walk any distance.
I also get the same sypmtoms if I potter around the house and garage all day. I also get at the same time a sort of tingly stinging feeling in my left ankle joint.
I am male, 74 years old, normally very active, returned to UK after 8 years in France where I was walking up to three or four miles a day 3/4 days a week for exercise. I also ride a fast superbike which does subject my back to some hefty painful jolts at times on our poorly maintained roads.
Hello Mr Watling,
The first, an unlikely consideration but needs to be considered. Pain in the leg that increases with walking could be a partially blocked artery in the groin area causing "intermittent claudication". Ever a smoker? High cholesterol? To rule this out you need to ask your doctor to check the posterior tibial artery pulse in the ankle.
More likely, this sounds like a hip condition, or perhaps a referral as you say via the Femoral nerve to the front of the thigh and inner lower leg. A Femoral nerve stretch test will verify this.
Lying on your back pull first the good knee to your chest, then towards the opposite shoulder, then rotate your hip. Now the naughty leg. Is there a marked difference?
What's needed is an X-ray of your hip. In the X-ray above for example, is a condition called Femero Acetabular impingement syndrome that causes these sorts of symptoms, but there are others.
Start with an X-ray.
Let me know what pulling your leg about does.