Calf Pain

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Orthopedic surgery

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

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

  • Deep vein thrombosis

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

Related serious diseases

  • Venous embolism

    Venous embolism is the condition where a venous clot travels from one location to another. Most commonly this happens when a deep venous thrombosis (clot) develops in the larger veins of the leg and breaks off and travels to the lungs (clot is now called a pulmonary embolism). Causes of venous thrombosis include recent surgical procedure, spinal cord injury or other reason for immobility, fracture of hip or leg or other trauma, cancers, heart failure, stroke, obesity, and inherited risk factors like gene mutations causing blood to clot more easily.

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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References

  • Lee SJ, Kim OH, Choo HJ, Park JH, Park YM, Jeong HW, Lee SM, Cho KH, Choi JA, Jacobson JA. Ultrasonographic findings of the various diseases presenting as calf pain. Clin Imaging. 2016 Jan-Feb;40(1):1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2015.09.015. Epub 2015 Sep 24. PMID: 26490092.

    https://www.clinicalimaging.org/article/S0899-7071(15)00245-4/fulltext

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