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Pain in the calf muscle while running. Cause?

when out running last night i had a sharp burning pain inside my left calf after about 2.5 miles.
it happened when my left foot hit the floor and it was my first run in around a month.
i stopped as soon as i felt it and it wasnt there when i walkedbut would gradually come back when i tried running again.
can you help?
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Hello Good Evening,

Since this was your first run in around a month, it means your muscles and body were not fit for so exhaustive exertion.
In some cases sudden forceful exertion can cause muscle tear or bone fractures.
In your case it seems like a calf muscle tear, due to pulling of the muscles because of such a long time exertion without a practice, but stress fracture of the tibia bone also can not be excluded without a x-ray of the left leg.

So go for a x-ray to rule out a bony injury, and when it is confirmed that only muscular injury is there, then do hot fomentation of that site for the edema to subside and keep elevated the limb at most of time by keep a pillow under the leg when you are in supine position and wrap a carp bandage.
Take some painkiller medications, which also cause as anti-inflammatory, and will help in reducing the edema and pain.


Dr. Naresh Jain.
Answered: Sun, 14 Jul 2013
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