Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

134 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Suggest treatment for pain, swelling and stiffness in the calf muscles

Answered by
Dr. Mahaveer Patil

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :2002

Answered : 1209 Questions

Posted on Thu, 23 Mar 2017 in Back Pain
Question: Hi,

i went for a run in the morning and suddenly while running there was a strong pain in the calf of my right leg. now the calf is swollen and has become stiff. i can walk but its finding it difficult to walk without limping.
Answered by Dr. Mahaveer Patil 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Muscle cramp v/s tear

Detailed Answer:

Thank you for posting the question.
I have gone through your medical history in detail.

Such kind of sudden onset pain in the calf usually occurs due to a muscle cramp / fatigue of the calf muscles (gastrocnemius/soleus).This can occur due to overdoing of exercises like running which leads to muscle fatigue.

Other possibility is of a probable partial calf muscle tear leading to haematoma formation and stiffened calf.

I suggest you to take bed rest with application of a compression bandage around the calf and leg elevation.

Avoid running and other strenous activities.

Take analgesic anti inflammatory muscle relaxant tablets like ibuprofen, aceclofenac or chlorzoxazone.

Calcium and L-carnitine tablets can accelerate the recovery process.

By these measures,you should be fine within the next 3-5 days.

If the symptoms worsen,you can get a ultrasonography / color doppler of the calf region.

I hope the answer was useful.

Feel free to ask me any follow up queries that you may have.

Thank you.
Kind regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Remy Koshy

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Drug/Medication ,  
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Muscle fatigue

doctor1 MD

My partner has come down with an illness, symptoms are high temp. shivering .... pins and needles ... muscle fatigue, general weakness and unable to move from bed. a friend of hers had a bug with similar symptoms - would you have any idea what this might be please ?

doctor1 MD

Hi,I have a unusual issue that causes muscle fatigue, general fatigue, and slightly elevated blood pressure. I have been to the E.R. once, and they checked my blood, but said everything came back perfect . I know the doctor said something about checking for sodium potassium and thyroid stuff. I don t know what else though. I ve had this issue for about 3 months now, and it started simply with slight weakness in my upper legs, then as the the day would progress, it would move into calfs, neck and shoulders, etc. Now, anytime I try and walk up stairs,my legs burn, I have out of breath, and it s just very uncomfortable.

doctor1 MD

I have difficulty urinating (I still retain a lot of urine), chronic constipation, episodes of blood in the stools, hemmorhoids, occasional bouts of muscle fatigue, iron deficiency anemia. I had cancer of the kidney 11 years ago and had one of the kidneys removed. I am gettting a colonoscopy tomorrow and having the hemmorhoids removed. Do you think this is going to solve my problems? I am concerned about having either colon or prostate cancer or both. I am 57 years old.

doctor1 MD

Can you interpret ebv lab results? EBV IGM, VCA = negative EBV IGG , vca = positive EBV Nuclear AG AB =positive EBV EARLY AG AB= positive Do you think I have EBV ? Has it reactivated?

doctor1 MD

On Saturday I cleaned the grout on my tile floors. I did a few at a time and rested. I did use a household and some Clorox. Yesterday I took a hot shower and my my lungs hurt so badly. My son said that I had opened my lungs up and they were...

doctor1 MD

I have spasms in the flexor tendons of my feet, only at night. They wake me up and are very painful. Walking stops the contractions. What may be the cause?

doctor1 MD

Hi, I have extreme bloating, in the morning, when i dont eat, and obviously ten times worse when i eat anything. so much that i can barely eat. My urine is very dark and strong smelling, I drink only water, and about 2-4 litres a day. I am unable to lose weight and i weigh about 12kgs above my normal weight. I go to the gym 5 days a week, walk home from work 4 nights a week (7km). I am at my wits end trying to figure out whats wrong with me. When i eat carbohydrates i gain even more weight, its as if im insulin resistant. So i stay away from heavy carb foods, but now im finding im quite depressed and down unless i eat a bit of sugar. Then im back to the happy bubbly person i used to be. I have extremely bad breath even though i have great oral hygene. I have muscle fatigue, a sore neck all the time, and very bad circulation. If im working out on a machine my feet and legs go dead, the same if im chilling out and have my legs resting high against something, i get bad pins and needles first, almost instantly, then they go completely dead. I have a horrible spotty rash aswell around my mouth and nose. Any answers are greatly appreciated, thanks.