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Numbness down leg and foot (sciatic). Then calf muscle locked up. Main pain in outer calf. Now in inside calf. Can barely walk, goin on 1 1/2 mnth.

Numbness down leg and foot (sciatic). Then calf muscle locked up. Main pain in outer calf. Now in inside calf. Can barely walk, goin on 1 1/2 mnth.

See a specialist: There are multiple reasons to be experiencing numbness in the leg. You need an evaluation by a physiatrist or neurologist. ...Read more

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16 yrs old, pain on outer side of calf near knee for 2 weeks. No known injury. Pain is on and of, not linked to any specific movement. Strain? Clot?

16 yrs old, pain on outer side of calf near knee for 2 weeks. No known injury.  Pain is on and of, not linked to any specific movement. Strain? Clot?

Sprain/strain likely: Doubt clot if you are active and have no clotting abnormalities. Clot pain usually more center calf. Try rest, heat, NSAIDs for pain. Stretching may help. Knee brace might also provide stability while healing. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

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Pain in ankle feels like pressure deep inside with what feel like electric shocks going out to toes and calf. Painful to move or walk. Normal x-ray.

Need more testing: X-rays may miss stress fractures (as in talar dome stress) you may need a ct scan or MRI to better image your ankle and nail down a diagnosis. The electric shock sensations suggest nerve involvement which may be due to nerve entrapment secondary to some inflammation process. It would be helpful to know if this condition started after an injury or if it gradually came upon you. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My son fell hard in s basketball game and now is saying the front of his leg below the knee and around the calf is very painful can walk but with pain?

My son fell hard in s basketball game and now is saying the front of his leg below the knee and around the calf is very painful can walk but with pain?

Depend on the fall: You could be dealing with swelling related to the injury. It depends on how he fell and what he hit. If this doesn't respond fairly quickly to rice (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and simple analgesics i recommend that you call his doctor. ...Read more

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I get a painful lump in my left calf while getting up in the morning. It disappears almost immediately but some pain remains there. What is it?

Assuming: This isn't a muscle spasm that improves with stretching out, transient muscle herniation through the fascia that surrounds the muscle can occur. The muscle can then reduce through the fascial defect. Ultrasound can be useful in diagnosing these. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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