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Doctor insights on: Recurring Calf Swelling

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What does it mean if I have calf swelling?

What does it mean if I have calf swelling?

Depends needs exam: You could have something as simple as a muscle contusion, but you need to be checked for possible signs of phlebitis or circulation problems. If there is trauma it is probably less serious. But a warm swollen calf without injury could be indicative of a clot and needs immediate treatment. ...Read more

Calf Swelling (Definition)

I assume we are talking about a baby cow... The area of which you are referring to, are the 2 muscles that make up the posterior of the lower leg. The larger gastocnemious muscle and the smaller soleus muscle together are referred to as the calf muscle. Swelling could be due to trauma or any number of origins. They attach to ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: calf swelling?

What is the definition or description of: calf swelling?

Enlarged lower leg: I assume we are talking about a baby cow... The area of which you are referring to, are the 2 muscles that make up the posterior of the lower leg. The larger gastocnemious muscle and the smaller soleus muscle together are referred to as the calf muscle. Swelling could be due to trauma or any number of origins. They attach to the achilles heel tendon. ...Read more

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Can dystonia cause calf swelling?

Can dystonia cause calf swelling?

Dystonia: It can cause muscle to contract and appear like swelling, but usually it is not swelling from dependency of fluid as usually cause of swelling of legs. ...Read more

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Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Depends: Ice is good on acute injuries to decrease the inflammation, like when an athlete sprains an ankle. Heat promotes blood flow to the area in order to help healing. Depending on the cause of your calf swelling will dictate which would be more helpful. Many times if both calfs are swelling it can be from decreased venous return and therefore leg elevation, and compressive stockings can help. ...Read more

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Why did I get thigh/calf swelling out of nowhere?

See your doctor soon: One of the worst things we worry about with one-sided calf or leg swelling out of the blue is a blood clot. If you haven't had any trauma recently or think you've pulled a muscle, you should see your doctor. Other things include a ruptured baker's cyst (a fluid filled sac behind the knee), or a ruptured head of one of the calf muscles. Best of luck and take care. ...Read more

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Calf swelling and pain. Home treatments?

Calf swelling and pain. Home treatments?

No DVT?: The first thing to make sure that you don't have is a dvt. Once you are seen by a doctor and know you don't have a dvt, taking anti-inflammatory medicines, using ice, and resting the sore calf should help make you better. ...Read more

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I have RA can it cause mild calf swelling?

I have RA  can it cause mild calf swelling?

Yes: This can also have many other causes. It can be a side effect of medications, related to a bakers cyst of the knee or something very serious like a blood clot. You should see your doctor and get a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does a hyperextended knee also lead to calf swelling?

Does a hyperextended knee also lead to calf swelling?

Yes, calf X's knee: The calf muscles cross the back of the knee as they originate from the back of the thigh bone next to the knee capsule. When the knee hyperextends, the back of the knee often over stretches. This can cause injury to your knee that includes the posterior capsule and juxtaposed calf muscles. The calf muscles can become strained or torn causing pain and swelling in the injured calf muscle. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg pain, leg swelling and calf swelling my leg is red hot to touch my gp is not open don't know what to do ?

I am experiencing  leg pain, leg swelling and calf swelling my leg is red hot to touch my gp is not open don't know what to do ?

Usually an emergency: Calf-swelling with pain is usually an emergency because doctors want to evaluate the patient to see if there is a blood clot in the leg. Such a clot can break off a chunk, flow to the lungs, and be fatal. There are other causes of leg pain and swelling, but always rule out the potentially lethal ones first. One should tell doctors about any surgeries, injuries, medications, prolonged sitting, etc. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more