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What can cause pain in my inner leg while running?

Pain while running is almost exclusively caused by injury to the muscles or bones. The cause of pain is dependent on how much running is being performed, what preparation has been done and where the pain is located.

Dr. Kristofer J. Jones, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

The most common sources of pain along the inner leg (medial leg) are meniscus tears, chondromalacia, which is premature wear of the cartilage along the surface of the femur or tibia bone, as well as tendonitis of the hamstrings.

Possible causes of inner-leg pain while running include stress fractures of the tibia, muscle strains of the muscles on the inside of the leg, compartment syndrome, or possible tibial stress syndrome (shin splints). Other causes can be a blood clot or peripheral vascular disease. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)

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