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I severely strained my calf muscles. My shin hurts and I didn't hit it. Is it normal for your shin to hurt with a severe calf muscle strain?

I severely strained my calf muscles. My shin hurts and I didn't hit it. Is it normal for your shin to hurt with a severe calf muscle strain?

Normal it is not!!: I am sure you must injured the shin, when you fell or whichever way you injured your calf. Our brains register only the worst injured (or more painful) part first, while the lesser injured part still hurts or becomes obvious later. Your examining Doc can certainly reassure you that you most likely injured the shin as well. Check with him/her. Good Luck! ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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I sprained my right calf muscle, what should I do to fix it?

I sprained my right calf muscle, what should I do to fix it?

Conservative: Most calf strains are treated no operatively. Acutely, protected weightbearing and crutches with ice and elevation. When it is feeling better, then flexibility exercises, stengthening, and slowly back to activity. ...Read more

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Is it possible to sprain your calf muscle after a charlie horse ?

Is it possible to sprain your calf muscle after a charlie horse ?

Yes: A "charlie horse" is essentially a cramp in the muscle. During and immediately following this the muscle fibers are tight and sore. When the muscles are tight they are felt to be more susceptable to injury. Taking time to really warm the muscle prior to exercise is felt to be helpful. If you are a runner simply a warm up walk/light jog will suffice. Compression socks- a new favorite of mine. ...Read more

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Hi there, i have a sprained ankle which has now spread up into my calf muscle im in a lot of pain, im due to fly 10 hrs tomorrow home, ok to fly?

Hi there, i have a sprained ankle which has now spread up into my calf muscle im in a lot of pain, im due to fly 10 hrs tomorrow home, ok to fly?

Trauma and flying: If you have torn or ruptured and muscle or tendon in the leg or ankle, and you have increased swelling, you could be at a higher risk for DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis/Clot) in your leg. It would be wise to wear compression stockings/TED hose prior to flying so that you can attempt to control the swelling in the leg, particularly under increased Cabin pressure. But it should be safe for you to fly ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a muscle strain and sprain? what is the treatment for both? I injured my thigh muscle working out.

Difference: A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A strain is an injury to a muscle and/or tendons. Rest, ice, compression and elevation are used to address both types of injuries(for the most part.) But the nuance of treatment really depends on the exact nature of your injury. ...Read more

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Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am i treating this right?

Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am i treating this right?

Blood clot: If you have calf swelling and pain, you really should be checked out to make sure you don't have a blood clot. If that test is normal, then rest, ice and some physical therapy should allow the calf to return to normal. ...Read more

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B4 orthitics I tore my calf muscle from running. W/ therapy, orthitics etc it heeled but is torn again. Any preventative suggestions? Love running.

B4 orthitics I tore my calf muscle from running. W/ therapy, orthitics etc it heeled but is torn again. Any preventative suggestions?  Love running.

Unclear: What was torn and have you seen a doctor? Was the achilles ligament torn? Could you have been on antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin? They can cause tendinopathies, and should be avoided. ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

-exposed 2 forces beyond it's ability 2 handle, it causes damage R the muscle. Just like a bruise. It is first a stretch with reversibility 2 recover fully if left alone 4 a while. 2'nd is actual tear of some muscle fibers & need a longer time 2 heal, & can if big enough scar & lead 2 pain & easily aggravated . 3'rd is total tear, which can not B repaired. Also 3'rd can ...Read more


Muscle (Definition)

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