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Doctor insights on: Calf Muscle Stretching Exercise

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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


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Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week I noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so I took s

Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week I noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so I took s

It is possible.: The pill and other oral contraceptives can increase your risk of blood clot and especially so if your are a smoker. If you have swelling in that leg compared to the other or tenderness then I would have a high suspicion for a clot. Call your doc or go to a local urgent care or emergency department. If it is getting worse do not ignore it. ...Read more

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I have prom tonight and I still have a not in my calf muscle and it hurts to walk. I've been stretching it out but it just tightens back up. Help?

I have prom tonight and I still have a not in my calf muscle and it hurts to walk. I've been stretching it out but it just tightens back up. Help?

See a doctor: The knot in your calf should be examined by a doctor. In the meantime, stop stretching as it's not helping at this point. Most likely you have a tear in your calf muscle, which would need some time to heal. But there are other possibilities such as blood clots. If the pain is severe, skip the prom and go see a doctor today. While waiting to be seen, rest, keep your leg elevated, and ice it. ...Read more

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I have one inch diameter lump behind knee just above calf on inner side of knee, I've been stretching calf muscle last 3 days pain behind knee?

I have one inch diameter lump behind knee just above calf on inner side of knee, I've been stretching calf muscle last 3 days pain behind knee?

Bakers cyst: This is most likely a baker's cyst. This is a pouch of joint fluid collecting behind the knee. It can occur with most types of arthritis and with repetitive squatting. The most common cause is osteoarthritis. There are other more dangerous causes of a lump in this area. You should see your doctor to get a definite diagnosis. If you have calf pain and leg swelling go directly to the er. ...Read more

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What kind of exercise can I do for a torn calf muscle?

What kind of exercise can I do for a torn calf muscle?

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. ...Read more

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My left calf muscle hurts and swells up when I exercise it, what causes this?

My left calf muscle hurts and swells up when I exercise it, what causes this?

Strain/partial tear: Calf swelling and pain can often be due to local trauma- either a significant strain or actual partial muscle tear. This allows for local bleeding or hematoma formation within the injured muscle. Partial tears of the gastrocnemius (medial/inside head) are common injuries that may take weeks to resolve with rest, ice, elevation and ace wrap compression as the standard treatment. ...Read more

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Calf muscle spasm. What causes this and how can I stretch it out when it happens.

Multiple factors:: Low potassium, low calcium, muscle overuse, trauma, dehydration are common causes. Massage with Bio-Freeze and stretch by pulling toes toward your chest or stand and lift your up using foot and toes (calf stretch), I suggest electrolyte rich drinks (Powerade, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Pedialyte) and calcium tablets (Caltrate) ...Read more

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Achy & pinching pain in calf muscle that comes & goes. Feels good when I stretch it out. Is it a blood clot?

Achy & pinching pain in calf muscle that comes & goes. Feels good when I stretch it out. Is it a blood clot?

Doubtful: Classic findings with blood clot is increased pain and tenderness with stretching of the calf muscle. If the stretching of the gastrocnemius and solieus muscles improves the discomfort than that would be evidence against a blood clot ...Read more

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How to get rid of pain in my heel of my foot. Also I can't exercise because when I do my foot either pops or calf muscle locks up?

How to get rid of pain in my heel of my foot. Also I can't exercise because when I do my foot either pops or calf muscle locks up?

Plastic heel cup: There is a reasonably cheap plastic heel cup on the market made by m-f athletics
many stores will have these wear it in an atheltic shoe and see it it helps
try walking backwards
it would also be a good idea to be evaluated by a physician for such a problem. ...Read more

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How do I recover from a pulled calf muscle?

How do I recover from a pulled calf muscle?

RICE: In the early stages after pulling a hamstring you should:
r -rest
i - ice
c- compress
e - elevate.
After the initial 48 hours gentle stretching helps. Sometimes some physical therapy may be helpful if the pain persists. ...Read more

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How can I cure a calf muscle injury?

How can I cure a calf muscle injury?

Physical therapy.: Some calf tears, or strains, can take 6-8 weeks to heal. Usually physical therapy is indicated to restore full function. ...Read more

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What are the tests for torn calf muscle?

What are the tests for torn calf muscle?

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. ...Read more

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Any tips on how to heal torn calf muscle?

Any tips on how to heal torn calf muscle?

Follow these steps: Frequent ice packs, compression bandage to the area of the injury,
take Ibuprofen or naproxen,
rest your calf muscle.
To help you remember what to do, here is a commonly used mnemonic: rice--rest, ice, compression, elevation.
Regimen of gentle stretching after the pain is gone. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a torn calf muscle?

What are the symptoms of a torn calf muscle?

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. ...Read more

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What happens when one has a torn calf muscle?

What happens when one has a torn calf muscle?

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. ...Read more

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How do you tape a torn calf muscle effectively?

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. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have injured my calf muscle?

How can I tell if I have injured my calf muscle?

Injured calf muscle: Generally, pain is the first indicator. As well as swelling, bruising, tenderness, limited range of motion at associated joint (s), etc. Have a doc check it out for you. ...Read more

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What can I do to heal a torn calf muscle quickly?

What can I do to heal a torn calf muscle quickly?

No easy answer: This will take time since this will need to heal on its own. In the beginning the principle of rice (rest, ice, compression, elevation) are mandatory. Make sure that you keep range of motion in your ankle and knee. Over stretching the calf will just continue to reinjure the muscle. ...Read more

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Torn calf muscle, when should I seek medical advice?

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. ...Read more

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What could cause severe constant pain in my calf muscle?

What could cause severe constant pain in my calf muscle?

Possible clot: Many things can cause calf pain. The most concerning would be a possible blood clot in the legs, otherwise known as a dvt. Symptoms include calf tenderness, swelling and redness of the extremity. I would recommend getting evaluated asap. ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my calf muscle is strained?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Torn calf muscle?

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. ...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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How do a pulled calf muscle and a cramped calf muscle differ?

Cramps go away: A pulled muscle is painful and is due to an injury. A cramp can be from dehydration or a drug side effect. ...Read more

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What should I do if my torn calf muscle did not heal properly?

What should I do if my torn calf muscle did not heal properly?

Rare: This is a rare phenomenon. If you are concerned then you should visit a sports medicine specialist to evaluate you. Many times when it the muscle heal, there may be fibrosis in the area of the defect. ...Read more

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I have a calf muscle injury. What is the best way to treat this?

I have a calf muscle injury. What is the best way to treat this?

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Stretching Exercise (Definition)

Stretching can decrease muscle cramping. At the first sign of a muscle spasm, stop your activity and try stretching and massaging the affected muscle. Heat will relax the muscle when the spasm begins, but ice may be helpful after the first spasm and when ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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