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Suggest treatment painful swollen calves

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Posted on Mon, 10 Nov 2014
Question: After exercising on Monday, both calves are sore, which is something I expected. The right calf, however, is swollen and hard. It is painful to the touch and have extreme difficultly straightening my leg.
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Veins thrombosis needs to be ruled out.

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

Calf hardness and pain are the symptoms of veins thrombosis. It does not mean that you have it, however it should be ruled out at first. Typical veins thrombosis symptoms are hard and painful calf which can be warmer than the other one. No fever is present. The pain is more intense when walking.
It is also possible that during the exercising you have injured calf muscle (it may be partially torn). Symptoms might be the same as veins thrombosis.
That is why I suggest you to consult your doctor. IN case of veins thrombosis suspicion, D-dimers level and Dopplers veins ultrasound should be done. Heparine injection is the main treatment of it.
In case of calf muscle injury, you should consult orthopedist.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Regards.
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Suggest treatment painful swollen calves

Brief Answer: Veins thrombosis needs to be ruled out. Detailed Answer: Hello! Thank you for the query. Calf hardness and pain are the symptoms of veins thrombosis. It does not mean that you have it, however it should be ruled out at first. Typical veins thrombosis symptoms are hard and painful calf which can be warmer than the other one. No fever is present. The pain is more intense when walking. It is also possible that during the exercising you have injured calf muscle (it may be partially torn). Symptoms might be the same as veins thrombosis. That is why I suggest you to consult your doctor. IN case of veins thrombosis suspicion, D-dimers level and Dopplers veins ultrasound should be done. Heparine injection is the main treatment of it. In case of calf muscle injury, you should consult orthopedist. Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions. Regards.