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A 25-year-old female asked:

besides exertional compartment syndrome, what other things would cause gastrocnemius contracture whereby need to flex at knee to dorsiflex foot?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Gastroc: Injury & scar tissue. Sometimes cerebral palsy, hypoxia, etc.
Dr. David Secord
Podiatry 26 years experience
Achilles tightness: As you've mentioned 'exertional compartment syndrome', I'm going to guess that you: 1. have had this diagnosed and 2. have transitory symptoms. Compartment syndrome usually presents with pallor, pain, paraesthesias, 'pins and needles' sensation and pulselessness. If your calf simply feels tight, it doesn't rule out CS, but it is less likely. Chronic CS should be worked up before a muscle tear.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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