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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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What can I do for this pain in back of leg calf muscle and swelling in feet?

What can I do for this pain in back of leg calf muscle and swelling in feet?

Rule out DVT: The most dangerous thing to rule out (assuming no trauma to the leg) is deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot. This is evaluated by doppler ultrasound. Once this is ruled out, then other more common, but non life-threatening musculoskeletal conditions can be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

See MD: Please see an MD to rule out blood clots, deep and superficial. Could also be a varicose vein as these can hurt end of day and feel hot etc. ...Read more

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Tightness in back of calf muscle and knee on right leg. Sometimes left. On anti-inflamitories and birth control. Could it be a blood clot. No swelling?

Tightness in back of calf muscle and knee on right leg. Sometimes left. On anti-inflamitories and birth control. Could it be a blood clot. No swelling?

Less likely: Blood clots are usually associated with some degree of swelling due to blood pooling caused by the clotted vein. Also, bilateral venous clotting is highly doubtful, so i'd look for another plausible explanation. ...Read more

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I hurt my back at work lifting. Now i'm getting pain down my leg and calf muscle. What should I do?

See back specialist: For a specific exercise description or possible referral to a physical therapist/ chiropractor... If not a disc problem, a muscle spasm is a common condition affecting the pain in the leg... ...Read more

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The upper part of my back calf muscle hurts when I skateboard. Am I just out of shape?

No: Skateboarding like snowboarding requires riding with pressure on the front part of your foot during toe turns. That requires your calf muscles to work overtime, thereby causing pain. Try riding more flat or doing heel turns when the calves hurt. Strengthen calves by standing and repetitiously raising heels off ground as high as possible, and then repeat to tolerance. ...Read more

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Pulled a lower left calf muscle a 2 or 3 months ago. I don't run much for 2 or 3 weeks but it keeps coming back. Icing now and maybe IBprofin?

Pulled a lower left calf muscle a 2 or 3 months ago.  I don't run much for 2 or 3 weeks but it keeps coming back.  Icing now and maybe IBprofin?

Pulled Calf Muscle: I have attached a video on the 3 stretches to do. Just never push through pain and do 5 times a day. With these injuries, getting some deep tissue massage from a PT can be the crucial cure. The PT will also be able to tell you if any imaging should be done. Good Luck. Dr Rich Blake https://youtu.be/0eAqJ4-oKTM ...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