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A 23-year-old female asked:

Stiff, tight, feeling in lower leg below calve on leftside. only notice it when i walk or when i point my toes up. no swelling/pain. ideas?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ross
43 years experience
EnteCr an answer sum: You're describing the medial calf or the gastrocnemius muscle. Typically in a runner, walker who is a pronator, the gastroc will tighten, and can cause tightness, discomfort and even strain due to over use. Sterching exercises can help a great deal, as well as flexibility of the posterior calf muscle group. Massage, and yoga can help.
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Dr. Amy Duckworth
19 years experience
Could be bad: So this could be simple "tightness" of the achilles tendon / gastrocnemius muscle...However, anytime one has "tightness" in the calf, a deep vein blood clot needs to be entertained. I don't want to scare you but this is where online consults are limited-- a simple physical exam (by a doc) can delineate. You should get it checked out.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Tendonitis: Is an idea, so is neuritis, so is shin splints. Since, there are a few possibilities based on your description i'd recommend you see a doctor to evaluate in person so they could give you the best idea and solve your problem. You could try icing it, taking a antiinflammatory and wearing an arch support before seeing the doctor if you were looking to self treat. The possibility of a clot consider.
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Last updated Sep 27, 2013

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