Calf Pain

Definitions:

Calf pain is a soreness or pain in the calf muscle.  There are many causes of calf pain. Some of those causes include over activity or overuse which can result in calf muscle strain. Another common cause is dietary imbalance.  This may lead to very painful calf muscle cramping.  Calf pain may also be caused by an injury to the calf, such as a muscle tear or tendinitis.  Whatever the cause, pain in the calf muscle should be evaluated by a foot and ankle doctor so that the correct diagnosis can be made and proper treatment given to address the problem and relieve the pain.

Signs and Symptoms:

In addition to the common causes of calf pain such as overuse or over activity, calf muscle pain could be a symptom of a more serious issue. For instance, the pain could be symptom of poor blood flow in the legs, known as peripheral vascular disease, or PVD.  This condition can cause cramping of the calf muscle while walking or when sitting with the legs elevated.  Another potential cause of pain is a blood clot in the calf.  This condition, known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT, produces calf pain and is a very serious condition.  A foot and ankle doctor can accurately diagnose the condition.

Diagnosis:

A foot and ankle doctor will make a diagnosis by thoroughly examining the foot and calf.  He will also determine the seriousness of the condition, whether it is caused by a serious heath problem, and injury, or simply by over activity or misuse.

Treatment:

The course of treatment  will depend on the cause of the symptoms.  If you experience any of the symptoms above, please come in and visit north county foot surgery Dr. Westermeyer to determine the severity of the condition and to learn about the treatment options available to you.