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Calf Muscle Hypertrophy
Lump above ankle where calf muscle begins been there a year. Soft and painless. Doctor said it was just hypertrophy of muscle? Could it be cancer?
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Exam, MRI: The most important test would a good physical exam often this is overlooked or cursory to evaluate the severity of a tear an MRI would be the next step sometimes this can determine whether treatment is conservative or surgical.
Pain, swelling: Usually it occurs secondary to sports such as tennis or basketball you will often feel a pop in the calf and will end up with swelling and difficulty weightbearing on the leg it is important to differentiate a calf injury from and achilles tendon injury which is likely to require surgery.
Scarring: When the calf muscle tears, the muscle usually does not tear completely, it is more like the fibers are lengthened and then scar in. Usually people can return back to an active lifestyle.See 1 more doctor answer
Torn Calf Muscle: Immidiately after the injury, use ice locally, limit use of the injured leg use crutches for at least two wekks. Compression with ace bandage elevation of the leg immobilisation of lower leg with cam walker and you may splint the ankle in natural position, foot at right angle with foot.
Probably not: You risk the chance for re-injury. Invest the time it takes to heal completely.
Strained muscle: Strained muscles can take a couple weeks to a couple months to heal
Immediately: If you have truly torn the muscle in your calf, you should see your doctor right away. The longer you wait, the more difficult repairing the torn muscle will be.See 1 more doctor answer
None: In the acute phase I would not do any exercise since this could exacerbate the problem. Gentle range of motion exercises are recommended in the early stages.
Does it hurt?: Does your calf muscle hurt? Typical symptoms of a strain include pain, stiffness, discoloration and bruising around the strained muscle. If you don't have any of those symptoms, then you're fine.
See below: There are two muscles that make up the "calf" muscle- the gastrocnemius and the soleus. Saying they are torn implies that they have been injured to the extent that all or part of the muscle is in discontinuity. Most can be managed non surgically. If there is an associated complete tear of the Achilles' tendon, surgery becomes a consideration.
Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more