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Lump On My Soleus
I have a hard pea size lump under skin of my lower leg (near soleus). Externally only blemish to skin. Does not roll, pain when pressed. What is it?
Lump: Insufficient information provided ; however an excision biopsy likely should be performed ...Read more
I have a little lump on my left leg, on the right side between the shin and the calf (soleus muscle?)dull and burning mild pain in it, what can it be?
Iv got a 3.5 CM grade 2 tear of my soleus with a full time physio how long can I expect to be back in full competition cheers?
This is a significant injury. I would expect that you will be non weight bearing on that foot and leg for the least 6 – 8 weeks
physical therapy would be vital during that time.
A return to "full competions" would require to type of competion. If running and jumping were involved, I would estimate a minimum of three months off competion. ...Read more
Stretching: Should be first. Try to calf and hamstring stretches as well as fascial stretches and massage. Try standing on step, dipping heels off dropoff while holding on to something to stretch. Be cautious as tight gastrocs and soleus can lead to achilles rupture if pushed too hard at the beginning. Make sure to work on hamstrings as well as these cross the knee joint and cause similar tightness and pain. ...Read more
Gastrocnemius: Unfortunately, the exercises to do that will /should enlarge the soleus as it is a complex with the gastrocnemius muscle. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a soleus injury that an MRI or US just won't detect for some odd reason? If that is the case, what might be the next step?
Muscle pain in the lower extremity may not be due to a problem within the muscle itself. In some instances the physician needs to assess that the problem may be extending from a nerve root that innervates the soleus muscle.
EMG and NCV studies can help rule out these problems.
A neurologist can evaluate and request these studies.
Good luck. ...Read more
Varies: Soleus muscle injury may be under-reported due to misdiagnosis as thrombophlebitis or lumping of soleus strains with strains of the gastrocnemius. The classic presentation is of calf tightness, stiffness, and pain that worsen over days to weeks. Walking or jogging tends to provoke symptoms. Swelling and disability are generally mild. ...Read more
I was told I had a stretched soleus and something was wrong with my planter fassia, what does this mean?
Fascia: This would mean several questions from a professional standpoint. However, let's jump past that. You should seek an evaluation by your podiatrist for both an explanation for your question... ...Read more
I suppose it is possible ("anything is possible") but I have never seen it to the best of my recollection
a tear of the muscle belly though is perhaps more likely ...Read more
May- thurner: This is a syndrome that can cause blood clots. So it is entirely possible to have pain in those regions. A visit to the diagnosing physician is appropriate to rule out DVT. ...Read more
Lots of pain: A 'small tear' in any muscle, ligament, or tendon can cause severe pain, without doubt. (of course, you might still have a low pain threshold. ;)). ...Read more
Can jumping from elevation, say, 10 feet, and landing with all your weight on one foot damage the soleus?
If U land on Ur-:
-toes. This would stress the gastric-soleus complex that terminates as the Achilles tendon.
If Ur Achilles is ok & U felt a snap & have pain in the upper leg on Ur inner aspect, a common injury is 2 the planterus muscle. If so U get a lot of bruising that gravitates 2 the ankle.
It is 1 of those extra muscles & tendons U can do without. Often used as a tendon graft as palmaris in the hand. ...Read more
Yes: Text book anatomy says no but in reality the soleus has fibers that connect to the gastrocnemius and possibly the plantaris which crosses the knee joint. The soleus itself originates right below the knee. ...Read more
Not reliably: The soleus muscle is deep to the gastrocnemius muscle, commonly referred to the calf muscle, and is not thought to be reliably palpable by itself in the lower leg. It does form the gastroc-soleus complex and achilles tendon which is responsible for performing a heel raise. Hope that helps. ...Read more
If the trigger point: Is due to an injury, yes as that point may B the area of injury. May have been minor trauma that U did not even remember. If not it could B due 2 DVT (clots) and requires immediate eval by a md. this would also be the cause of swelling. If this is the case get in ASAP 2 be evaluated! ...Read more
Not toes, but foot.: The gastroc and soleus muscles do not plantarflex the toes they plantarflex the foot. These 2 muscle come together and form the achilles tendon attaching on the back of the heel. There are multiple muscles both in the foot and leg that are involved in plantarflexing the toes. The main PF muscles are the flexor digitorum longus for digits 2,3,4,5 and flexor hallucis longus for the big toe. ...Read more
Will deep muscle massage help a pulled strained soleus muscle? Or just elevate, ice, and compression?
Second option: I would advise going with the second option. It is safe, inexpensive and effective. Good luck! ...Read more
Many causes: Often due to poor warm up and pre-run stretching. Running shoes that are too stiff can put an extra strain on your calf muscles as well. Physical therapy can often help in those cases where home remedies/ stretching not working. Some peolple have a chronic "strain" of the muscle due to an old injury. ...Read more
Is there a time where ultrasound might be better to diagnose an injury of the Achilles or Soleus rather than MRI?
In an emergency: Ultrasound (US) is more portable & takes less time to obtain than an MRI. For a big Achilles tear or gastroc (soleus) tendon strain, a US can often get u the diagnosis in the ED (if ED physician is trained). For more subtle strains or tears, an MRI is better but takes about 1-2 hours to perform, & u need to be scheduled. US is (debatedly) used to heal strains as well, so may have addl benefit. GL ...Read more
I occasionally have a burning sensation on the side of my right leg where the Soleus and Gastrocnemius are located. What could cause this?
Leg pain: It might be best for you to have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. They will certainly examine you, but you might be sent to a Bone specialist. ...Read more
General tightness in soleus and gastrocnemius. Stretches do not help. Applying pressure to hamstring alleviates the tightness. What could this be?
Usually is.: -it's the best, as blocks have a time limit. Blocks also R done B4 positioning, which does use up block time. ...Read more
Do injured muscles contract if you try to use them? E.G. Injured soleus, if try to run--> foot inverts
See a podiatrist- if a muscle is injured severily, it will stop working properly.
Might need a brace to help control inversion. ...Read more
MRI neg. 4 achilles rupture but soleus sticks out a lot on lateral side. Hard 2 see (due to fat) but easy 2 feel. Leg twice wide there. Still, rupture?
When using my calf muscle, got a similar feeling to soleus tear that I had, feels like it has lost its elasticity but it isn't tight when I pressed it?
Possible tear of mus:
This could indicate a further tear of the muscle.
Prob best to get medical evaluation for definite etiology ...Read more