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Left medial gastrocnemius (side leg)looks smaller than right. Doc says atrophy but both legs measure the same size. How is this possible? I have CVI..

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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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In brief: Other muscles

There are other muscles besides the gastroc's that contribute to the shape and size of the calf.
If only the medial gastrocnemius is shrunken, then the measured diameter of the calves might be the same. If by CVI, youre referring to chronic venous insufficiency, the amount of swelling of the veins may also distort the apparent size of your calf muscles.

In brief: Other muscles

There are other muscles besides the gastroc's that contribute to the shape and size of the calf.
If only the medial gastrocnemius is shrunken, then the measured diameter of the calves might be the same. If by CVI, youre referring to chronic venous insufficiency, the amount of swelling of the veins may also distort the apparent size of your calf muscles.
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