Calf Pain Specialist

Washington Vascular Specialists

Interventional Cardiology & Vascular Surgery located in Takoma Park, MD

If you strain a leg muscle while playing sports or you’re diagnosed with a circulatory condition like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), you might also experience calf pain. Left untreated, calf pain can spread to other parts of your leg and prevent you from living an active, mobile lifestyle. At Washington Vascular Specialists, with locations in Takoma Park, Largo, and Frederick, Maryland, Mubashar Choudry, MD, and his expert team regularly work with men and women to diagnose and treat calf pain. If you or a loved one is suffering from calf pain, request an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Calf Pain Q & A

What is calf pain?

Your calves feature two muscles: the gastrocnemius and the soleus. They connect at your Achilles tendon, which attaches to your heel bone. Any time you move your leg or foot, you activate these muscles. 

Calf pain affects everyone differently. Some people experience sharp, stabbing pain while others experience a dull, throbbing pain. Some experience calf pain in combination with muscle tightness. 

Most calf pain subsides on its own with rest and conservative measures of care, like ice and heat therapy. However, you may need to seek medical treatment If you experience calf pain with symptoms that include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Tenderness

These signs may point to a more serious underlying condition.

What are some common causes of calf pain?

Calf pain can occur for a variety of reasons, including general wear and tear, overwork, cramps, and certain foot conditions. Other more serious causes of calf pain include:

  • Sciatica
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Deep vein thrombosis

You might also develop calf pain as a result of compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome occurs when a large amount of pressure builds up inside your calf muscle. Usually, this occurs if you experience an injury to your leg, such as a serious bruise or broken bone. 

How is calf pain diagnosed?

To diagnose calf pain, Dr. Choudry and his team review your medical history, ask you about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and physically examine your calves, feet, and ankles. During this exam, your provider gently presses on your skin to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. They might also ask you to perform a series of in-office exercises so they can observe your gait and posture. If necessary, your provider can also order an X-ray or MRI to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your legs and feet. 

Is there any way to prevent calf pain?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent calf pain entirely. However, there are steps you can take to lower your risk significantly. For example, your provider might recommend stretching before and after exercise. Stretching encourages circulation and helps repair and strengthen your calf muscles. You should also stay hydrated. When you drink plenty of water, you’re much less likely to experience muscle stiffness or cramps. 

If you’re suffering from calf pain, don’t hesitate to seek treatment at Washington Vascular Specialists. Request an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.