Calf pain is an umbrella term used for pain or discomfort experienced in the posterior lower leg. The calf is made up of two large muscles on the back of the lower leg - the gastrocnemius and the soleus. Those join at the back of the ankle to form the achilles tendon, which inserts at the back of the heel bone (calcaneus). These muscles are extremely important as any movement in the leg or foot uses these muscles in some way.
Pain in the calf can occur from various causes. One of the most common cause is calf strain, causing pain in the back of your lower leg. Cramp in the calf muscle can be experienced, this is an involuntary contraction of muscle which can not only be very painful, but may also cause muscle damage. Another common problem in athletes is tight calf muscles which tend to be found particularly in runners.
There are many conditions that can produce pain in the calf. It is important to know the difference from one to the other as some require urgent medical treatment. Conditions that can produce calf pain include:
The signs and symptoms of calf pain are dependent upon the cause, for example:
Biomechanical abnormalities, or misalignments in the foot can have a direct impact on what is happening in the leg and further up, orthotics can help realign these biomechanical concerns and reduce strain further up the kinetic chain. If you have calf pain podiatry can benefit you. The benefits of podiatric assessment and treatment for calf pain include:
Podiatry for calf pain would begin with an assessment. An assessment is very important as it will provide your podiatrist with clues as to the cause of your calf pain.
There are a variety of treatments for calf pain, the treatment option most suitable for you will depend on the cause. Treatment for calf pain may include:
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