Chronic exertional compartment syndrome – often known as simply compartment syndrome – is a muscle and nerve condition that is brought on by exercise and repetitive use. Compartment syndrome can develop in anyone, but it is most common in athletes who participate in activities that involve repetitive impact, such as running. It most often affects the lower legs, but can also develop in the arms.
Signs and syndromes associated with this condition include:
- Aching, burning, or cramping in the lower leg
- Foot drop (when the front part of the foot drops suddenly during walking, which can cause an unusual walking pattern)
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain that progressively worsens during physical activity involving the leg
- Swelling or bulging of the muscle
- Weakness in the lower leg
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