The degree of mobility of a person, his ability to move normally, run, jump, etc., depends on the health of the lower extremities. That is, to lead a normal life. Therefore, any symptoms that spread to the legs and cause discomfort should be considered as a reason to see a doctor. Among these symptoms there may be a burning sensation in the thigh, which in some cases directly declares a certain disease.
Arthrosis of the hip joint (coxarthrosis)
Doctors make this diagnosis quite often. The disease is characterized by pain and burning sensation in the groin, radiating down the side and front of the thigh. Sometimes these sensations extend to the knees and buttocks. Pain and burning more often occur when walking and getting up (from a sofa, from a chair). At rest, they almost always stop.
Coxarthrosis occurs mainly in people who have crossed the 40-year mark. Women suffer from this disease more often than men. The disease can affect one or both hip joints.
Femoral nerve neuropathy
The most common cause of neuropathy, or neuropathy, of the femoral nerve is trauma complicated by retroperitoneal hematoma. The second most common cause, doctors call all kinds of pathologies of the hip joint, as a result of which the nerve passing near this joint is affected or compressed (for example, with dislocation of the femoral head). Burning and pain in the thigh is often complemented by numbness of the skin in the thigh areas, decreased knee reflex and even atrophy of the quadriceps femoris muscle, in which gait is disturbed (arrhythmic step).
With neuropathy of the femoral nerve, in no case should you self-medicate, incl. take pain medications without a doctor's prescription. This complex disease can lead to serious complications (up to paralysis), self-activity in this case is simply unacceptable.
Inflammation of the femoral tendons (trochanteritis)
Trochanteritis is unilateral - with a disease of one leg and bilateral - with the development of inflammation of the femoral tendons on both legs. Women suffer from trochanteritis much more often than men, especially during menopause, when muscle and tendon tissues are weakened. The disease gives rise to bouts of pain and a pronounced burning sensation in the area of the outer surface of the thigh (the so-called "breeches zone"). The sensations increase when walking and lying on your side.
The main cause of piriformis syndrome, located under the gluteal muscles, is damage to the lumbar spine. This diagnosis is confirmed in 40% of patients who consulted a doctor for pain and burning sensation in the thigh area. Most often, the disease is unilateral (the right or left thigh is affected). The dynamics of symptoms is fast, they appear within 1-2 days after lifting a heavy weight, awkward movement, severe stress. Sometimes the attack is preceded by lower back pain.
Often, intense pain and burning sensation with piriformis syndrome is felt in the buttocks and sacrum. In some cases, these symptoms can invade the back of the leg and go down to the heel. Symptoms are more pronounced at night.
Piriformis syndrome does not cause movement limitations of the limb, i.e. the leg fully rotates and rises. Acute pain and sudden burning sensation occur in the lower back or in the buttocks when the trunk is tilted with straight legs.
Some diseases, for which the clinical picture is characterized by abnormalities or damage to the vessels that supply blood to the tissues of the hip region, can cause numbness, tingling, and burning in the thigh.Only a doctor can find out the true cause of unpleasant symptoms, see the real picture based on the studies carried out and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Therefore, there is no need to rush to buy ointments and rub them, as well as swallow pain medications. This can only aggravate the disease.