Psychosomatics of Leg Diseases

The human leg is a paired organ of support and movement. Human legs consist of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments.

All leg diseases, depending on the nature and location of the affliction, are commonly divided into several groups: • Vascular diseases due to blood flow disruption or vessel wall pathologies (varicose veins, atherosclerosis, endarteritis, thrombosis, etc.); • Joint afflictions (arthritis, arthrosis, gout); • Muscle tissue afflictions (myalgias); • Foot diseases (tendinitis such as inflammation of the Achilles tendons, heel spur, neuroma as nerve tissue growth, etc.). The main symptom of leg ailments is pain.

Psychosomatics of Legs

It is known that legs symbolize a person’s forward movement (therefore, the reluctance to move forward in life leads to stagnation, both in life and in the legs).

Louise Hay believes that the psychosomatics of the legs are encapsulated in the expression “legs carry us through life.” Problems with the legs indicate fear of moving forward, reluctance to move in a certain direction.

Another symbol of legs is stability (recall the saying “stands firmly on their feet”). Therefore, people who are constantly concerned about their position in society, career, work, are more prone to leg diseases.

Doctor Luule Viilma sees the cause of leg problems in insincerity, communication related to economic issues, a desire to gain material benefit, honor, and fame in everything.

According to B. Baginsky and Sh. Shalila, with legs, a person steps into the future. Hence, if a person fears the future or understands that they cannot live as they used to but won’t admit it to themselves, then their legs will reflect this situation through their condition.

It is also necessary to note that the psychosomatics of the right leg differs from the metaphysical meaning of the left leg. Thus, the right leg symbolizes a person’s aspiration to move forward. If a person encounters a prohibition or obstacle, or there is a disruption in their sexual life, psychologists believe that it is specifically the right leg that suffers.

The left leg symbolizes a person’s relationships with those close to them (spouses, children, parents, colleagues). For example, as O. Torsunov writes, a person who reluctantly returns home from work eventually begins to experience leg pain.

Psychosomatics of Leg Diseases

Psychosomatics of hip dysplasia (congenital hip dislocation) Based on her practice, E. Gus’kova found that this ailment occurs in children when a parent prioritizes issues of sexual relations, their correctness or incorrectness.

Varicose veins Psychologists assert that this leg ailment is caused by prolonged staying in a hateful situation (dead-end family relationships) or fear of the future, as well as disapproval, a feeling of overload and being overwhelmed by work. According to Louise Hay, varicose legs often occur in people who hate either work or home. Liz Burbo believes that varicose veins indicate that a person wants more freedom and free time but does not know what to do for this. Many life tasks seem insurmountable to them because they tend to exaggerate. Such a person lives by the motto “must,” feels that their life is difficult, therefore they overexert and do not experience joy. Doctor V. Sinelnikov writes that people who feel overwhelmed and oppressed suffer from this ailment. The cause can also be an incorrectly chosen direction in Life (perhaps related to a profession that allows earning money, but hinders personal development, etc.).

Gout According to Liz Burbo, the ailment signals that a person wants to dominate but does not give themselves such a right.

Dislocation Liz Burbo asserts that a leg dislocation occurs when a person is forced to go where they do not want to. They allow themselves to be manipulated and get angry because they cannot say “no.” Another cause of the ailment can be that the person lives by their narrow rules and fears breaking them. Such a person is inflexible and stubbornly views the world in their own way. Problems with the Achilles tendon, according to Liz Burbo, arise when a person strives too hard to demonstrate their power.

Cramps Many authors see tension, fears, stiffness, fear of going somewhere, or fear of changes in life as the psychological causes of cramps. This ailment can also result from a person wanting to achieve the unattainable. V. Sinelnikov believes that the cause of cramps is intense psychological strain. The sensation of a cramped leg muscle typically appears when a person does not know how to relax, living in constant fear.

Calluses on the legs Louise Hay writes that calluses symbolize hardened areas of thinking associated with a stubborn desire to retain the pain of the past. They are ossified concepts and thoughts, solidified fear. Liz Burbo notes that calluses appear in a person who is very afraid of the future. Such a person constantly restrains their natural impulses and desires, thus blocking their future. They do not allow themselves to do what they want.

Psychosomatic Causes of Problems in Certain Parts of the Legs

Psychosomatics of Thighs

According to Louise Hay, problems with the upper part of the leg (thighs) indicate a loss of support (something hinders moving forward freely), fear of moving forward in making key decisions, and a lack of purpose.

The psychologist states that if a person has full thighs, it means they are “full of childhood grievances” (childhood grievances accumulate in this part of the leg).

Liz Burbo believes the metaphysical meaning of the thigh is linked to a person’s desires and feelings. In her opinion, pain in the thigh suggests that the overly adult part of the person’s personality prevents them from enjoying planned activities. The pain wants to draw attention to the inner child, who wants to play and have fun. It’s necessary to establish harmony between the needs of one’s inner child and adult, which are parts of the personality.

Another cause of thigh pain could be holding back feelings and trying too hard to prove one’s worth to others. B. Baginsky and Sh. Shalila see the cause of thigh problems in rigidity and ossification due to fear of the future and inability to make decisions in critical situations.

Psychosomatics of Knees

Louise Hay writes that the basis of knee problems lies in stubbornness and pride, inability to be flexible, fear, inflexibility, and unwillingness to yield.

According to Liz Burbo, knee pain indicates insufficient flexibility regarding the future. Typically, knee pain occurs in vain and stubborn people who do not want to take advice and ideas from others. Such people do not want to accept new ideas and change their attitude towards their own future or the future of their loved ones due to fear of losing control over themselves or the situation. They believe that yielding to others means “to kneel,” to submit.

The psychologist believes that a lack of flexibility might be linked to the fear of becoming like one of the parents.

Knee bending inward or outward suggests that a person finds it hard to be straightforward and move directly towards their goal.

B. Baginsky and Sh. Shalila write that rigid and unbending knees indicate that a person internally cannot or does not want to bend due to pride, stubbornness, selfishness, or fear. Such a person lacks empathy, tolerance, humility, and the ability to forgive.

A. Astrogore believes that a person suffering from knee pain is overwhelmed by pride – a spiritual vice where a person compares themselves favorably to others (“I am better,” “they will not make me kneel”). Knees also ail in conceited people.

The right knee symbolizes the protesting individual with their principles that do not match reality (“I do not want and will not do what I am being persuaded to”).

The left knee represents the world around the person. Pain in it is a reaction to close people (family, colleagues) who want to subdue or exploit them. This pain is an expression of the person’s inner protest “you will not make me kneel.”

According to E. Gus’kova, knees are affected due to deep self-deprecation. The psychologist writes that knee pain appears at the moment when such a person gives themselves a high evaluation.


Liz Burbo considers that the shins symbolize life principles. Problems with shins, in her opinion, speak of the collapse of ideals. The psychologist also notes that the shin is associated with a person’s attitude towards the future and their ability to move forward in life. Shin pain suggests fear related to encountering something new or the necessity to do something to achieve a goal (new job, new relationships). Shin pain at rest means that the person does not allow themselves to stop and prepare for moving in a new direction. Such a person wants to do too much too quickly. Shin pain during movement indicates that due to fears, the person takes too long to think before moving forward.


According to Liz Burbo, problems with calves arise when a person wants to move forward faster and more steadily but is held back by some fear.


Liz Burbo sees the cause of ankle problems in insufficient flexibility in the ability to act and manage the course of one’s life. According to E. Gus’kova, ankle affliction shows how much a person wants to move in the direction they are being carried. The psychologist also writes that ankle problems arise in cases where a person wants to “sit on two chairs” (for example, trying to manage two jobs but failing). Strong experiences can also lead to a fracture.

Liz Burbo asserts that feet symbolize moving forward, development, so problems with feet indicate that a person does not develop, does not move forward due to fear or because they allow others to restrain their development. Such a person lacks self-confidence and cannot give their life the right direction.

Another reason for foot problems is the long-lasting feeling of being stuck and treading water. Or in a person who is insufficiently attached to the physical world and wants to escape from reality (possibly due to fears).

Foot problems may also arise in a person who fears being fired or removed from something (“kicked”). Such a person does not allow themselves to rest because they fear being ridiculed, fired, insulted.

Some psychologists also note that the basis of foot problems may be psychological reasons such as: problems with the future, self-doubt due to inability to make the right decisions, haste in achieving a goal due to an inability to gauge one’s strengths, as well as failures in sexual life.

E. Gus’kova asserts that the foot is related to the mother. And with foot problems, one should analyze the theme of the mother (the person cannot find common ground with their mother, or the mother herself is burdened with something).


According to Liz Burbo, heel pain suggests that a person wants to move forward towards their goal but hesitates because they feel a lack of support and foundation. Such a person cannot transition to action without someone’s consent or permission. If they act without approval, they start to feel guilty. They do not admit to themselves that they want someone to be on their heels. Increased heel pain at rest indicates that the person is too hasty in reaching their goal and exerts too much effort.

Psychosomatics of Toes

Louise Hay believes that toes symbolize minor details of the future. According to Liz Burbo, toes symbolize how a person perceives the elements of movement in life. Most problems with toes hinder easy and free walking and indicate that a person creates unnecessary fears that prevent them from moving forward or perceiving their future. Such a person is troubled by minor issues that prevent them from seeing the whole picture, thus slowing their progress.

Psychosomatics of the Big Toe

Problems most often arise with the big toe, as it indicates the direction of movement. These problems speak of regret and guilt associated with the chosen direction. According to E. Gus’kova, since the big toe is associated with the mother, bruises, arthritis, and other ailments of this toe symbolize attempts by the person not to give their mother a report of their actions nor to wait for her approval.

Psychosomatics of the Bunion

Psychologist E. Gus’kova notes that often people who have a problem proving to their mother that they are worth something suffer from this ailment. The psychologist writes that when such a person gains confidence that they can cope without their mother’s approval, severe pain occurs as a signal of recovery.

Psychosomatics of the Second, Third, and Fourth Toes

E. Gus’kova believes that the second, third, and fourth toes resemble each other and symbolize siblings. And problems with these toes indicate worries about how to assert oneself among one’s siblings. Additionally, the psychologist writes that problems with the third toe are related to the theme of sexuality. The fourth toe, continuing the theme of siblings, speaks of problems in relationships with them.

Psychosomatics of the Fifth, Little Toe

According to E. Gus’kova, problems with this toe speak of worries related to secrets, intrigues, territorial conflicts (for example, in the family, at work).

Psychosomatics of Curling Toes

If this syndrome is seen in an adult, Gus’kova explains that they are nervous and want to “mobilize,” as if preparing for an attack (this may be related to disliking the person they are interacting with at the moment). If such hypertonus (and standing on tiptoes) is observed in a child, the psychologist advises finding out from their mother what is stressing and “squeezing” her. Another reason, according to E. Gus’kova, is that the child’s mother herself wants to be free from her own mother’s care.

Paths to Healing Psychosomatic Leg Ailments

The path to healing from these ailments consists of restoring the lost metaphysical functions associated with legs – “support” and “movement.”

To restore internal support, remember that a person is part of the Divine World. This means that every person inherently has an inner spiritual support.

Many lose this support, starting from early childhood, when close relatives, unwittingly harming, begin to impose their worldview, their (not always correct) life principles and limitations, transmit their fears and problems to the small child (“you can’t,” “you won’t be able to,” “you won’t succeed,” “what would you do without me,” etc.).

An adult, realizing their problem thanks to their legs, can correct everything. They need to remember that every person is their own best support and backup, as they have that eternal spiritual core inside.

In this case, it is vitally important for a person to believe in themselves, trust the World and Life, to be here and now (and not worry in vain about an unknown future).

Life itself leads each person in the direction they need to develop, so one should trust It. Trust and go where It leads you. It, Life, not your imaginations (which, by the way, lead to dead ends).

Even if a person in life “turned the wrong way,” made what they think are mistakes, let’s remember that metaphysics asserts that there are no mistakes, only experiences. Remember that a person is born here to develop, learn, become wiser. If you “turned the wrong way,” you can (and should) correct and move on.

All you need is the will. Wishing you faith in yourself and trust in Life!


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