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Calf Pain (Definition)

Means a pain in the calf. This can be from muscle strain, a clot in a vein, a torn tendon, infection or a host of several other problems, including referred pain from someplace higher up, like the lower back. The best starting place for calf pain is your primary medical doctor, who can then make an appropriate referral depending on what he or she ...Read more


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I have an ache in my calf and pain in my ankle. Could this be dvt? There is no swelling or redness.

Yes: Either achilles pain (strain, tear) or DVT would be most likely. See a specialist for a simple scan that will determine whether a clot is present. Swelling and redness is present only about 50-75% of the time. ...Read more

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I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

Probably not: Dvt classically result in swelling +- pain (from a little to alot). Post -dvt syndrome can hurt for years after the DVT has resolved. See a doc ( vascular md if you are vry anxious about a dvt) and look for other causes ...Read more

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Woke up with calf pain. Can't remember having a spasm. No redness/swelling. Only hurts when walking or bending foot. DVT possible? I do sit a lot.

Woke up with calf pain. Can't remember having a spasm. No redness/swelling. Only hurts when walking or bending foot. DVT possible? I do sit a lot.

Not typically: Without calf swelling DVT not likely although without more information hard to say. Calf pain may just be a cramp or musculoskeletal strain/injury etc. If it persists despite analgesics/anti-inflammatories see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Possible cause of 8/10 calf pain for 4 days, no dvt. No swelling, redness, bruising and no sports, no falls, etc. Pain began while stationary in bed.

Prolonged bed rest?: Are you on any meds?, meds can cause pain. Is it both legs? If not is one warmer then the other? Has there been recent trauma?(like tripping-which can tear a muscle or tendon, also do you wear the orthopedic device commonly called `high heels'?)) You claim no swelling, edema is tested by pressing at the shin with thumb to see if it leaves depression in tissue. You may need ultrasound of leg veins ...Read more

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Throbbing pain in left calf. Sometimes in knee and ankle. Ultrasound negative. No redness or swelling. Worried about DVT. Please advise.

Throbbing pain in left calf.  Sometimes in knee and ankle.  Ultrasound negative. No redness or swelling.  Worried about DVT.  Please advise.

Radiculopathy: 30's male with intermittent throbbing shifting pain of knee or calf or ankle, and absent redness, swelling or ultrasound findings needs to see Osteopath; with concern for peripheral neuropathy due to pelvic or lumbar region neural impingement, for example, sciatica. ...Read more

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My calf leg has been slightly aching, it just happened yesterday. How do I know this isn't a dvt? I don't have any swelling or redness nor is it hot

My calf leg has been slightly aching, it just happened yesterday. How do I know this isn't a dvt? I don't have any swelling or redness nor is it hot

Ultrasound: Best way to check for thrombophlebitis is with ultrasound study of the leg veins. You can first see your doctor and he may be able to tell you what is going on, and whether ultrasound is indicated. ...Read more

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Warm sensation & pain down leg from butt to foot (calf worst). Jogged last 2 days in a row, no swelling, warmth to touch, or redness. Dvt or just sore?

Warm sensation & pain down leg from butt to foot (calf worst). Jogged last 2 days in a row, no swelling, warmth to touch, or redness. Dvt or just sore?

Does not: Sound like dvt, if you have no swelling. It could be nerve pain, such as sciatica, or muscle pain, such as ruptured tendon. It is not possible to tell on this site, so you should show it to a doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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History of DVT w/vinecava filter tightness above knee w/swelling in calf and ankle itching behind the knee and aching on lovenox (enoxaparin) 120 sub Q2x day new clot?

History of DVT w/vinecava filter tightness above knee w/swelling in calf and ankle itching behind the knee and aching on lovenox (enoxaparin) 120 sub Q2x day new clot?

Ultrasound: On Lovenox (enoxaparin) it would be unlikely to develop another blood clot, however if you have a hypercooagulable condition there is some risk for excess clotting. Have an evaluation with your doctor and you may need an ultrasound to look for progression of the clot. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more