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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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I have a intra muscular calf contusion from impact to the calf. Swelling pain limping no bruising. Can walking on it do more damage. I have noinsurane?

I have a intra muscular calf contusion from impact to the calf. Swelling pain limping no bruising. Can walking on it do more damage. I have noinsurane?

No health insurance: Just because you don't have insurance doesn't mean you can't get healthcare. On my website (sorry, no way around that), I've listed a number of options for free (or at least low cost) health care, drugs ; tests. Or skip my site ; just search online for free healthcare. Lots of options are available to you. Walking won't make bruise worse. But do go see a doc if pain gets worse rather than better. ...Read more

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Legs ache and feel heavy - 2 months. It's affecting my whole life. Now I have a painful calf swelling - what is it? Only been given painkillers : (

Legs ache and feel heavy - 2 months. It's affecting my whole life. Now I have a painful calf swelling - what is it? Only been given painkillers : (

Need more evaluation: Being so young these symptoms would not be so common. There are several conditions that can cause these symptoms ranging from vascular causes to hormone imbalances. Pain killers are the last thing you should be on. You need a diagnosis. Seek out a second opinion if your pcp is only throwing pain meds at the problem. ...Read more

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I am experiencing calf pain and calf swelling. The following also describe me: Lower leg pain and Leg tenderness. What should I do?

I am experiencing calf pain and calf swelling. The following also describe me: Lower leg pain and Leg tenderness. What should I do?

Why RU waiting?: Calf pain and swelling are at least two of the ingredients describing the possibility of a blood clot or blood vessel inflammation in the leg. I would not wait for the third. Failure to not treat a clot could be catastrophic. To remove all doubt, get ton urgent care ASAP. ...Read more

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Can a plantars wart (on the bottom, outside part of the foot) cause foot, ankle and calf swelling and pain? Or is it likely 2 separate issues?

Can a plantars wart (on the bottom, outside part of the foot) cause foot, ankle and calf swelling and pain? Or is it likely 2 separate issues?

Not directly related: These are likely separate issues. A plantar wart can create pain, resulting in a change in your gait (how you walk) and thus put more pressure on other areas of your leg. Thus, it's theoretically possible these two issues are INDIRECTLY related. However, foot/ankle/calf swelling and pain without an injury make me think about a potential blood clot. Please seek help from a physician if persistent. ...Read more

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Polycythemia vera verified by second opinion. + Crohn’s. Unilateral calf swelling. Unilateral superficial vein. D-dimer + US normal. Get venogram?

Polycythemia vera verified by second opinion. + Crohn’s. Unilateral calf swelling. Unilateral superficial vein. D-dimer + US normal. Get venogram?

Difficult to know: Polycythemia vera and Chrons are both risk factors for DVT. Also your sign and symptoms are suspicious for DVT. Venous Doppler US for a single exam may miss small DVT especially in the calf. D dimer if normal pretty sensitive. Many options repeat: Ultrasound and possibly d dimer, venogram [but these are not done much now], follow closely. Recommend close follow up with your doctor/ vein expert. ...Read more

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Foot and lower calf swelling w/fluid retention, blue surface and spider veins, red blotch here and there that follow lower veins?

Foot and lower calf swelling w/fluid retention, blue surface and spider veins, red blotch here and there that follow lower veins?

Discolored leg: You should see a physician immediately to have this evaluated. It will be very important to rule out venous thrombosis, which can be very serious. ...Read more

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Achy dull ache in right calf, swelling at FRONT of leg with a sticking out vein, don't think its serious as no swelling in calf, protein s Defiency.

Achy dull ache in right calf, swelling at FRONT of leg with a sticking out vein, don't think its serious as no swelling in calf, protein s Defiency.

Smell trouble: You have Vitamin C def therefore you are at risk for blood clot, I would suggest you see a doctor to evaluate this even if it doesn't bother you much, it's very wise to rule out a blood clot with Doppler Ultrasound. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg pain, varicose veins, difficulty walking and calf swelling. The following also describe me: Leg swelling and Leg tenderness. What should I do?

I am experiencing leg pain, varicose veins, difficulty walking and calf swelling. The following also describe me: Leg swelling and Leg tenderness. What should I do?

Be seen: You need to be seen particularly if the symptoms are new or worsening. If you have a history of varicose veins, you should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon promptly. ...Read more

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Had a DVT in left calf. Ultra sound said there vascular damage. Current pain and swelling. Inr is a 1. What does this mean.

Had a DVT in left calf. Ultra sound said there vascular damage. Current pain and swelling. Inr is a 1. What does this mean.

INR standardization: When doctors order a prothrombin time (pt) to evaluate clotting function an inr is always reported with it. The inr is a ratio of the measured time compared to a standard time obtained when calibrating the machine. Each machine can get different results based on how the test is run so the inr allows interpretation across different machines. An inr of 1 is normal but is only one of many tests. ...Read more

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What does random cramping pains in my calf mean? Healthy 27, m, non smoker, just random calf cramps. No pain when walking or redness or swelling

Cramps: The question becomes - do you exercise in the evening? Potassium levels can affect cramping in the legs. If you have pain in the back of the calf on compression a venous test needs to be done to rule out a blood clot (dvt). ...Read more

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What does it mean when swelling diminishes after the leg is elevated above heart level?

What does it mean when swelling diminishes after the leg is elevated above heart level?

Dependent edema: The most common sites for dependent edema are the arms, legs, and ankles. There are several health factors that can cause this type of swelling. It can be caused by congestive heart failure, other cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or lung disease. See your physician for further discussion. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/8857.htm ...Read more

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I have mild swelling in my left calf after sitting at work all day. When I move around it goes away and when I wake up in the morning it is gone.?

I have mild swelling in my left calf after sitting at work all day. When I move around it goes away and when I wake up in the morning it is gone.?

Swollen calf sitting: 21 M I have mild swelling in my left calf after sitting at work all day. When I move around it goes away and when I wake up in the morning it is gone.? ANS: your sitting is restricting blood flow out of your leg & you are likely eating too much salt or have venous disease on left. What is ur family Hx of varicose veins. If due to excess salt lower intake to <1, 500 mg a day. If it goes away solved ...Read more

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Sharp pain in lt calf sudden pain no redness or swelling?

Sharp pain in lt calf sudden pain no redness or swelling?

Muscle cramps: This is commonly known as Charlie horse. It occur due to fatigue of the muscles. It can also occur in the unconditioned athlete. If that happens to you again you can stop what you're doing massage the muscle apply either hot or cold compress. You can also do some stretching of the muscle. If the problem continues visit your PCP for further evaluationyou may need to have your calcium an ...Read more

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What to if I am having extreme pain in my calf and swelling in my leg?

What to if I am having extreme pain in my calf and swelling in my leg?

ASAP evaluation!: Your pain may be to a blood clot, neuropathy, infection, muscle injury, tendonitis, nerve irritation, or possibly even a tumor. For calf pain with swelling you may need an ultrasound as soon as possible to prevent a potential fatal complication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Medical mystery - swelling of left calf for over 12 months and intermittent leg pain. Possibilities?

Medical mystery - swelling of left calf for over 12 months and intermittent leg pain. Possibilities?

Possible clot: Many things can cause calf pain and swelling. The most concerning would be a possible blood clot in the leg, otherwise known as a dvt. Symptoms include calf tenderness, swelling and redness of the extremity. I would recommend getting evaluated asap if this hasn't been ruled out already. ...Read more

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Every time I run 4or6 miles I get a sharp pain right below my calf with swelling after can you please tell me what is going on?

Every time I run 4or6 miles I get a sharp pain right below my calf with swelling after can you please tell me what is going on?

Tendinitis: What you're describing sounds like achilles tendonitis. This tendon attaches your calf muscle to your heal. Tendons are slow to heal. If you injured it but didn't give it time to heal up before your next run, it would likely "act up." Take a couple of days off then walk rather than run for a week or so, along with an Advil (ibuprofen) before running and calf stretches afterwards may help. ...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