What conditions can cause calf pain or swelling?
While most cases of calf pain can be treated at home, other causes may require immediate medical attention.
- Muscle cramp. Muscle cramps are sudden, painful contractions of the muscles.
- Muscle strain.
- Achilles tendonitis.
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
- Deep vein thrombosis.
- Compartment syndrome.
Why is my calf swollen and tender?
Leg swelling isn’t always a sign of a heart or circulation problem. You can have swelling due to fluid buildup simply from being overweight, being inactive, sitting or standing for a long time, or wearing tight stockings or jeans. Factors related to fluid buildup include: Acute kidney failure.
How do you treat a swollen calf?
How is a swollen ankle or leg treated?
- Rest. Stay off your ankle or leg until you can get to the doctor or until the swelling goes away.
- Ice. Put ice on the swollen area as soon as you can for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Compression. Wrap your ankle or leg snugly, but be sure not to cut off circulation.
Why is only my right calf swollen?
Some of the causes for swelling in only one leg include: Infection in the foot or leg. Muscle strain or tear in the affected leg. Blockage of the leg’s lymphatic system.
Why would my left calf be swollen?
Swollen calf can be caused by three categories of conditions – natural, traumatic, and systemic issues. Most often, it’s the first two causes, which we will go further in detail below but if you just had a long plane ride or sat down for a long time, blood clots can cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
How can you tell the difference between a blood clot and a leg cramp?
Timing: DVT symptoms are usually subtle at the start and then gradually and persistently increase over days. Cramps are the opposite: They typically start suddenly and feel severe but go away just as quickly and last only seconds to minutes. Cramps also most commonly occur in the middle of the night.