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Enlarged Calf Muscles
12yr old with mildly enlarged calf muscle for 2yrs, now getting larger. No new injury. Numbness&swelling when leg bent for long. No redness or pain. ?
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
I have flat, not itchy rash on my calf muscle. It started as very light dots but it grew and became more red with time what could it possibly be?
Walk not run: You are building muscle mass in the calf by the pounding of the jogging. Build tone and not the muscle mass by stopping the pounding. Research has proven that running is not better than walking over the course of the "same distance". Stop running and start walking the same distance. ...Read more
See below: to increase your calf strength you can work on stairs and toe lifts for quickness you should work on quick feet exercises like kareokes and other agility skills not sure what youre training for but don't overdo your calf at the expense of your quads or hamstrings Also if you build up your calf too much you might lose some quickness? ...Read more
I can't seem to build muscle. I have never seen a muscle on my body in 34 years! i so badly want calf muscles! is there anything i can do? I
Isometrics?: For less than 5 minutes a day, holding your muscle as tight as possible will lend definition to it. Select the muscles you'd like to tone and define. Work out an exercise plan with a therapist or trainer ( or review a book on it) and set aside 5 minutes a day. Don't look for results until 2-4 weeks have gone by. ...Read more
I am a 40 years old female. ..I expedience pain in my calf muscles every summer or on humid days. .. What could the problem be?
Pvd: If the symptoms are recurrent and tend to happen when you walk, this could be related to vascular disease. If it really only happens in humid days then i'm not sure this would be the case. Of it becomes problematic enough, you might benefit from seeing your primary care doctor about this. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Morning stretch : It is possible that you have some shortening of the achilles' tendon that gets worse overnight. Walking stretches the tendon/muscle and may cause pain. Do calf stretches when you wake up and see if that solves the problem. Otherwise consult with a physiatrist or sports medicine physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Check labs and shoes: Make sure to check serum electrolytes , particularly potassium. Dehydration is a common cause, so check urine color, it should be light yellow. Gait can cause unusual strain on these muscles, so check your shoes for uneven wear. If needed , see a podiatrist for shoe orthotic correction.Venous thrombosis, or clots, are unusual in both legs, but look for redness , or swelling of the legs. ...Read more
Have it evaluated: Your pain may be to a blood clot, overuse, neuropathy, muscle injury, tendonitis, nerve irritation, or possibly even a tumor. For calf pain with swelling you may need an ultrasound as soon as possible to prevent a potential fatal complication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
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