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What could be the cause for a sudden sharp pain in calf muscle?

What could be the cause for a sudden sharp pain in calf muscle?

Cramp or muscle tear: If you have traveled recently, had pelvis or lower extremity surgery, have a family or personal history of blood clots then that is possible. If just sitting around when occurs, then cramp or ruptured baker's cyst. If during exercise then gastroc (calf muscle) tear. If recent increase of running or walking, then stress fracture but usually does not cause sudden pain. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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 should I do about sharp pain in calf after short running?

What should I do about sharp pain in calf after short running?

Stretch: Assuming you have good circulation, try stretching both before and after runs, keep running shoes in good shape, avoid minimalist shoes. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain in my outside left calf muscle whenever I walk?

I have sharp pain in my outside left calf muscle whenever I walk?

Muscle strain: Perhaps you have a tight calf muscle? Or suffered a muscle strain w/o allowing enough time/rest to heal. Check out http://www. Runnersworld. Com/stretching/how-stretch-your-calf-muscles for cal muscle stretches. If this doesn't help, go see your Family Doc or Sports Medicine expert for evaluation & appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Could I have torn my calf muscle? Felt sharp pain while working out.

Could I have torn my calf muscle? Felt sharp pain while working out.

Many possible: There is a very small muscle in the calf that is called the plantaris muscle and sometimes it can get injured while working out. People often describe a sudden sharp pain in the calf. Not always associated with swelliing or bruising. Other possibilities are strain or rupture of achilles tendon but this causes a lot of pain and swelling and difficulty with walking. See your doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in left calf, muscle tense when standing, no notable swelling or redness. No pain when squish calf but muscle tense. Bloodclot?

Sharp pain in left calf, muscle tense when standing, no notable swelling or redness. No pain when squish calf but muscle tense. Bloodclot?

Calf pain: Would check it out for blood clot, though may also be Baker's cyst rupture or tendonitis. But since the sequela of blood clot can be devastating would follow up with doctor and get doppler ultrasound today. I have seen some very asymptomatic clots. ...Read more

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What do you suggest for bad pain in calf muscle what do I do?

What do you suggest for bad pain in calf muscle what do I do?

Get checked.: You should see a non- surgical sports medicine specialist, who can determine if it's just a strain, or something more serious. Icing the calf for 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day, can be helpful. Also, if you can take aleve (naproxen) or advil, as directed, it may help as well. ...Read more

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Acute pain in calf muscle at a specific spot. I can feel a slight bulge when I touch the spot. The condition exists from several years.

May be injured: This sounds like an old injury to the calf muscle which may have resulted in adhesions (scarring) as part of healing. A new growth must also be ruled out. A diagnostic ultrasound can be ordered, but an MRI would be more useful. It needs to be examined. See a podiatrist, foot/ankle specialist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Severe pain in calf muscle and a lot of fluid in knee what could cause it?

Severe pain in calf muscle and a lot of fluid in knee what could cause it?

Many causes.: It can be arthritis, a torn ligament or tendon, a meniscal tear, or a loose body, just to name a few possibilities. See an orthopedic knee specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Achy & pinching pain in calf muscle that comes & goes. Feels good when I stretch it out. Is it a blood clot?

Achy & pinching pain in calf muscle that comes & goes. Feels good when I stretch it out. Is it a blood clot?

Doubtful: Classic findings with blood clot is increased pain and tenderness with stretching of the calf muscle. If the stretching of the gastrocnemius and solieus muscles improves the discomfort than that would be evidence against a blood clot ...Read more

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Pain in calf muscle of right leg. Difficulty walking. Doc here gave cefuroxime axetil and paracetamol-serratiopetidase-aceclotenac tablets.

Pain in calf muscle of right leg. Difficulty walking. Doc here gave cefuroxime axetil and paracetamol-serratiopetidase-aceclotenac tablets.

Muscle pain: Something is missing from this story. You are receiving an antibiotic and you do not mention any symptoms suggesting an infection. Expand and rephrase the question. ...Read more

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My lower calf muscle one inch above my Achilles really hurts. It feels like it might be strained. What do I do so I can keep running in the future?

My lower calf muscle one inch above my Achilles really hurts. It feels like it might be strained. What do I do so I can keep running in the future?

Stretching an rest: Overuse injuries including achilles tendon tendonitis are common. The key is resting, crosstraining and stretching for 10 to 14 days before running again. ...Read more

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B4 orthitics I tore my calf muscle from running. W/ therapy, orthitics etc it heeled but is torn again. Any preventative suggestions? Love running.

Unclear: What was torn and have you seen a doctor? Was the Achilles ligament torn? Could you have been on antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin? They can cause tendinopathies, and should be avoided. ...Read more

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I hurt the lower part of my left calf muscle or tendon while running two weeks ago. What can I do to heal it faster, short of not using my leg?

I hurt the lower part of my left calf muscle or tendon while running two weeks ago. What can I do to heal it faster, short of not using my leg?

Gastroc strain?: If u have strained (partially torn) the medial (inside) head of your gastrocnemius muscle (most common injury that your symptoms suggest)rest for 4-6 wks (or u risk re-injury), heel lift can help. Exam and MRI will confirm diagnosis. Unfortunately there is no substitute for rest in this case and other muscle strain injuries (i.e.hamstring). Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I'm a new runner. After running, I have some pain in my left leg (upper calf muscle and inside of my foot). What could cause this? Thanks!

I'm a new runner. After running, I have some pain in my left leg (upper calf muscle and inside of my foot). What could cause this? Thanks!

Stretch!: Make sure you do your warm up and cool down stretches each time you run. This will help your calf muscles and arches from getting strained. Also make sure your shoes are in good repair and not excessively worn, and make sure you are getting adequate arch support. If these measures do not help, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am I treating this right?

Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am I treating this right?

Blood clot: If you have calf swelling and pain, you really should be checked out to make sure you don't have a blood clot. If that test is normal, then rest, ice and some physical therapy should allow the calf to return to normal. ...Read more

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While sitting straighten my back get sharp pain in calf and back of thigh and sometimes in butt on left leg?

While sitting straighten my back get sharp pain in calf and back of thigh and sometimes in butt on left leg?

You're too tight: This is simply a lack of flexibility in your hamstring and calf muscles. You need to stretch both muscle groups in both legs 3-5 times daily, 1 repetition each side, with stretch held 30-90 seconds. Do this regimen for a month and see the benefits....Then continue it for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Can si joint problem cause pain in calf? Sharp pain over left SI joint plus a bit in hip but also have stabbing pain in calf had MRI and spine is fine

Can si joint problem cause pain in calf? Sharp pain over left SI joint plus a bit in hip but also have stabbing pain in calf had MRI and spine is fine

SI jnt pain not calf: SI joint pain refers to low back primarily, but can radiate to upper buttock, posterior, lateral, thigh, and occasionally to groin. Calf pain is not related to SI dysfunction. Visit a PMR doctor or orthopedist for an evaluation to determine the cause of your pain, and start a treatment program ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my calf as if someone stuck a knife in the muscle while I walk.

Pain: You may have torn your achilles tendon, torn the muscle or have a blood clot. Rest it and elevate it. Use ice and if it's not better in 48 hours, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sharp stabbing pain in my left calf muscle in my left leg, what could it be?

I have a sharp stabbing pain in my left calf muscle in my left leg, what could it be?

Calf pain: This can be many things.
could be anything from a blood clot, muscle strain, herniated disc (sciatica) or other things.
If it continues you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I twisted my ankle on a sidewalk running today. Had immediate sharp pain along the lateral calf all the way to below the knee. Any recommendations?

I twisted my ankle on a sidewalk running today. Had immediate sharp pain along the lateral calf all the way to below the knee. Any recommendations?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my calf when I walk as if there's a knife in my calf muscles. There is also pain in my knee but not in my ankle..

I have a sharp pain in my calf when I walk as if there's a knife in my calf muscles. There is also pain in my knee but not in my ankle..

Let me explain: This most likely due to knee problem, also you have to keep in mind also, could be due to vascular problem.
The knee extend to the back of the leg any thing will happened to the knee could effect the calf area. ...Read more

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I keep getting sharp stabbing pain in the heels of my feet and in my calf muscle only on my right leg with a little swelling. What could be causing it? And what can I do to get it to stop?

Heel andCalf pain: Your shoes may not be allowing enough midfoot support. Arch supports may help. Calf pain can be from suboptimal shoe heel height and from low potassium as well as other cuases. A podiatrist may prove helpful as well as ice packs to heels 15 mins 3x/dy. ...Read more

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Cramping calf-to-ankle after running, gets sore for next few days. Was just walking, felt pop in lower leg. Sharp pain initially, now dull pain. Full mvmnt

Pop sounds Bad.: Feeling a pop in a calf, especially under the circumstances you have given, is certainly concerning. I would recommend that you see a specialist for a evaluation of your calf. Pops can be an indication of a slight tear that could lead to something more serious. Second guessing this potential problem is just not worth it. ...Read more

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Calf pain at the start of running sports, what's wrong?

Calf pain at the start of running sports, what's wrong?

Muscle tightness: It sounds like you have some tightness in your calf
muscle.
I would suggest 5-7 minutes of easy jogging followed
by stretching the affected area prior to running at a faster
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If you try to run before stretching you might tear part of the muscle. ...Read more

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From side of hip down to calf pain mostly when lay down. Have to lay on back. Heatpad somewhat helps massageing the hip muscle and calf helps?

From side of hip down to calf pain mostly when lay down. Have to lay on back. Heatpad somewhat helps massageing the hip muscle and calf helps?

You need more than: You need more than that to relieve your pain. See your PCP and get a referral to see a Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist who is an osteopath (NMM/OMT) in your network. He or she can assess you to see what is underlying your sciatic nerve or other muscle strains and then decompress you to relieve your pain quickly. S/he will do imaging if warranted or make a referral. Time to get relief! ...Read more

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Woke to pain in calf muscles. Standing on legs helped a bit, but my calves feel very tight. What could have happened?

Woke to pain in calf muscles. Standing on legs helped a bit, but my calves feel very tight. What could have happened?

Multiple reasons for: Multiple reasons for calf tightness. If associated with exercise may be overuse and muscle spasm. If pain runs up and down the back of leg with swelling and redness may to due to vein inflammation or phlebitis. If not resolved with warm compress and decrease in exercise see your doctor for examination. ...Read more

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Does calf pain after a long flight have something to do with the muscles swelling or something?

Does calf pain after a long flight have something to do with the muscles swelling or something?

Need to consider DVT: Calf pain after a long flight : deep venous thrombosis should always be considered first since it can progress to significant complications (post pheblitic syndrome, acute pulmonary embolus and death) if not recognized. ...Read more

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I pulled a muscle while working out. Felt sharp pain, and now can't extend leg. Should I go to dr?

I pulled a muscle while working out. Felt sharp pain, and now can't extend leg. Should I go to dr?

Probably: The most bothersome aspect of your complaint is the inability to extend. If this is because of pain it not as scary as no power in the muscle that extends the leg. Please do see a dr. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain on the outside of my right leg it has been hurting and all I feel is muscle. What can that be?

Muscle +Bone: When a muscle pulls on bone it feels like sore bone. The muscles of the leg are heavily attached the fibula and tibia. Strain or injury to this area can feel like bone pain. ...Read more

Calf Pain (Definition)

Means a pain in the calf. This can be from muscle strain, a clot in a vein, a torn tendon, infection or a host of several other problems, including referred pain from someplace higher up, like the lower back. The best starting place for calf pain is your primary medical doctor, who can then make an appropriate referral depending on what he or she ...Read more