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Had lower calf pain, tender to touch starting to limp. Advise?

Apr 2013
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I have had lower calf pain for about a week. It's tender to the touch. Starting to limp a bit. Don't recall straining it in anyway.
Posted Tue, 17 Sep 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
it can be vascular issue.

Detailed Answer:
If you don't remember any injury,exscesive walking or running or muscle pulling then it may indicate some blood flow disorders which is common in this area. So this isn't emergency but you should do doppler ultrasound of entire leg to verify is there arterial or venous obstruction or blood clot.
if there is redness of skin,warm skin and pain while touching the. It could be infection so visit infectiologist in this case. Wish you good health. Regards
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Follow-up: Had lower calf pain, tender to touch starting to limp. Advise? 8 minutes later
So, would it be reccommended to call my clinic on Tuesday when there office hours resume? There isn't any noticiable redness but looks a bit swollen then the other leg. It's tender to the touch. No fever or the area isn't warm. Between now and Tuesday is there anything that would help the discomfort?
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 1 hour later
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Detailed Answer:
You can wait till that just if signs of inflammation occur such as redness ,pus,fever and tingling in leg,you should visit doctor before to start antibiotic treatment
.Till that keep your leg elevated,put some ice every few hours for 20 min,reduce salt and alcohol intake,rest but move your feet in all will increase blood flow.take ibuprofen for pain.Regards
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