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5 Reasons Your Calf May be Hurting

Pain in the calf can be quite debilitating and even impede your ability to walk, stand and perform basic daily tasks. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we also know that calf pain can be a symptom of several serious foot and whole body health concerns. If you experiencing calf pain consistently you should make an appointment at our Somers Point office so our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, can examine your feet and legs to determine the source of the discomfort. Here are 5 potential causes of pain in your calf:

  1. Over use—this is the most obvious and least threatening reason for calf pain. If you have recently started a new exercise program or are participating in a new sport, calf pain may just be your body’s signal to slow down a bit.
  2. Injury—the next possibility is that you made that one really spectacular play that caused you to severely over reach and you’ve actually torn a muscle or tendon in your lower leg. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon is also a possibility that would require medical treatment.
  3. Chronic foot problem—sometimes foot or ankle issues can cause pain in your calf. Flat feet, for example, is a common condition that can cause calf pain. Another is a condition that involves the joint of your ankle, known as Equinus.
  4. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)—this is a very serious problem where a blood clot develops deep in the calf. It is something doctors watch for if you‘ve had surgery recently or have been on a long flight. This condition is potentially life threatening and if you have any suspicion that this could be the cause of your calf pain it should be dealt with immediately.
  5. Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)—a circulatory problem that impacts the blood flow to your legs, PVD can result in calf pain that is particularly noticeable when walking or if you are sitting with your legs elevated.

In some cases calf pain may be caused by a vitamin deficiency or dehydration. Since the causes and
their relative risks are so varied, the only way to know for sure what’s behind your calf pain is to get it
evaluated by the foot doctor. If this is a symptom you are experiencing, contact our Somers Point office by calling: (609) 927-4894.

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