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What causes radiating and localized pain in the legs and toes?

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Posted on Sat, 7 Nov 2020
Question: I was standing by my front door and went to step and felt a huge pop in my right calf. The pain took me right down and I couldn’t put any pressure on it. I’m using crutches, can now put light pressure on it but cannot flex my foot up as it feels like a major muscle pull or cramp. I iced it after it happened. I do not feel a knot or bump where it happened. There is some radiating pain down the leg into the toes. But it is mostly localized at the area of the pop. It is sore/achy like a major muscle pull.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Can be a muscle cramp.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

The feeling of a huge pop in the calf with no visible swelling or colour changes in the area is likely to be due to a muscle cramp. Muscular spasms can be treated by :

(1) Treating the underlying cause

(2) Keeping yourself well hydrated

(3) Stretching the muscles involved

(4) The use of anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, Cataflam with meals provided there are no contraindications to their use

(5) A muscle relaxant may be necessary

It may be best, if possible to visit your doctor for a thorough assessment and treatment plan.
Right now for relief:


1. Do hot fomentation at the site.

2. Apply local anti-inflammatory gel 2-3 times a day.

3. Take anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and local swelling or inflammation.

4. Do not bear weight or try to do exercise that involves painful muscles.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (47 minutes later)
What is hot fomemtatiom? And thank you- I will do as you recommend.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:

Refers to heat application.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Hot fomentation is application of heat in the affected area to relax the muscle spasm. You can use a hot water bottle or a heating pad for this purpose.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon



Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes radiating and localized pain in the legs and toes?

Brief Answer: Can be a muscle cramp. Detailed Answer: Hello, The feeling of a huge pop in the calf with no visible swelling or colour changes in the area is likely to be due to a muscle cramp. Muscular spasms can be treated by : (1) Treating the underlying cause (2) Keeping yourself well hydrated (3) Stretching the muscles involved (4) The use of anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, Cataflam with meals provided there are no contraindications to their use (5) A muscle relaxant may be necessary It may be best, if possible to visit your doctor for a thorough assessment and treatment plan. Right now for relief: 1. Do hot fomentation at the site. 2. Apply local anti-inflammatory gel 2-3 times a day. 3. Take anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and local swelling or inflammation. 4. Do not bear weight or try to do exercise that involves painful muscles. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.