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Tomohiro Hamahata

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Orthopedic surgery

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


Calf pain may affect either or both calves. The calf is the back of the lower leg. The pain may be pressing, sharp or dull in nature.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Lower leg edema

  • Edema

  • Infections in the past 3 months

Possible Causes

  • Venous embolism

    Venous embolism is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins. Most often occurs in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm and travels to the lungs (known as pulmonary embolism). Causes of venous thrombosis Spinal cord injury, fracture of hip or leg or other trauma, cancers, heart disease, stroke, obesity, prolonged bed rest and inherited risk factors like gene mutations.

  • Deep vein thrombosis

    A condition where a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually affecting the legs. The blood clot impair blood circulation, and sometimes, the clots can dislodge and travel to an artery in your lung which is a medical emergency.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have calf pain?

  • Do you have pain in the lumbar back?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Did you fall from a height of more than one meter?

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