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I broke my leg this summer and my muscle was bruised. Now I have a few knots in my calf muscle, what could I do to get the knots out?

I broke my leg this summer and my muscle was bruised. Now I have a few knots in my calf muscle, what could I do to get the knots out?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon the cause of the knots themselves, but it would not be unusual to have some degree of scar tissue associated with such an injury. Moist heat can increase blood flow to the area, gentle stretching and exercises can help as can various modalities used in physical therapy. Thank you for the question. ...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


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I have a re occurring bruise on the back of my left leg just below calf muscle. Lasts 3-5 days. No injury. No pain. more black than blue. 3rd time. ?

I have a re occurring bruise on the back of my left leg just below calf muscle.   Lasts 3-5 days. No injury. No pain. more black than blue. 3rd time. ?

Varicose veins?: Sometimes a small varicose vein can leak and give a bruise, even without significant trauma. Support stockings can help reduce varicose veins - or see a phlebologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi I have a bruise on calf muscle with a skin color line through it and don't remember hitting it?

Hi I have a bruise on calf muscle with a skin color line through it and don't remember hitting it?

See below: This is a pretty general description. How long have you had it, how big is it, is it getting better or worse, does it hurt, do you have any other symptoms? These are questions you will be asked if you do see a doctor in real life, and if this is bothering you and persisting, that is exactly what you should do. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a tender painful spot in my left calf muscle, but there is no bruise, it hurts when i press on it?

I have a tender painful spot in my left calf muscle, but there is no bruise, it hurts when i press on it?

Vein?: Could be a superficial vein that has clotted for some reason. Try warm compresses. If enlarges, you have leg swelling, pain increases, or you have any skin changes, see you doctor for an exam without delay. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can bruising occur at when you severely strain your calf muscles?

Can bruising occur at when you severely strain your calf muscles?

Yes: When you have a strain it can cause inflammation subsequently causing bruising due to a microinternal mechanism of "save the tissue". Most cells come together to help heal the site including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, anti-inflammatory cells etc. ...Read more

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Ran last saturday & heard pop in calf.Muscle is hard.Severe pain when trying 2 move from plantarflexion to dorsiflexion. No heat or bruising. Help?

Ran last saturday & heard pop in calf.Muscle is hard.Severe pain when trying 2 move from plantarflexion to dorsiflexion. No heat or bruising. Help?

Tendon rupture: Go see your family doc who can order ultrasound to determine if achilles tendon torn/ruptured or not. Or perhaps just calf strain. S/he can then refer you to orthopedic surgeon for appropriate intervention if necessary. Out of curiosity, have you taken an antibiotic such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin) or similar in last 6mo-1yr? Quinolone family has been linked to tendon issues. ...Read more

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I had calf muscle tear with horrible bruising and pain. Am i more prone to that now in that leg? I have 2 knee replacements.

I had calf muscle tear with horrible bruising and pain.  Am i more prone to that now in that leg?  I have 2 knee replacements.

Calf Tear: Sounds like you had a grade iii muscle tear. This leads to weakness that much be regained by gradual restrengthening. It also leads to swelling and scar tissue that needs to be worked out. Make sure you spend time with a manual physical therapist who will work out all of the scar adhesions and regain the strength and flexibility. They are great at that. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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Did Zumba on Sat & calf muscles got very tight during warm up. Later noticed big bruise. Found knot under muscle Wed. Does it sound serious?

Did Zumba on Sat & calf muscles got very tight during warm up. Later noticed big bruise. Found knot under muscle Wed. Does it sound serious?

Reassurance: You possibly had a severe muscle spasm during warming up and then some vessels was broken. Because few days are over this is aLready not dangerous. But be careful in the future Zumba. Increase intensity gradually. ...Read more

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Can bruising on the calf muscle be bone cancer?

Can bruising on the calf muscle be bone cancer?

Usually not: A bruise is most commonly due to tissue injury as the result of trauma, less likely tumor. If there is pain, i would see your doctor. ...Read more

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Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more