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    What type of injury is causing pain in my leg?

    I have been trying to lose weight. I've been walking every morning now for a week. I walk for 45 minutes. The last few times I've walked, after the first 20 minutes I'm in pain. My left leg. About half way up my leg I get what feels like bone pain. As soon as my foot meets the ground severe pain. I had to cut one of my walks short because of it. If any of you have broken a bone, that is what it feels like. It feels like also that my foot goes a little limp from the pain. I don't want it to stop me from achieving my weight loss goals like it has in the past. It's happened before. It starts hurting and I stop walking. Please what should I do??
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    Errol Lim

    Physiotherapist

    Errol is the managing director of BJC Health, an arthritis centre located in three suburbs across Sydney. BJC Health's group of doctors and health practitioners … View Profile

    As you have just commenced walking, it is unlikely that it will be a bony injury or a stress fracture in your leg. If it is pain in your shin either on the outer portion or the inner part of the shin, this type of shin pain is common when people start to exercise and do more activity and their body is not ready for it. If you want to continue walking, the best option is to get it assessed (I of course have a bias towards a physiotherapist) to get it diagnosed and work out a plan of attack.
    If you would like to continue doing some exercise in the interim as you are unable to walk, try cycling and swimming and hopefully the pain will not return with these activities but this is not the fix.

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