What other symptoms might occur with calf pain?

Other symptoms may occur with calf pain depending on the underlying disease, disorder, or condition. For example, a soft tissue infection or inflammation in the calf might be accompanied by redness or warmth in the area. Calf pain due to a pulled muscle may be associated with swelling from fluid buildup. Other symptoms that may accompany calf pain include:

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, calf pain may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have other serious symptoms, with or without calf pain, including:

  • Change in consciousness or alertness; confusion

  • Cold and pale leg, particularly one leg compared to the other

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Inability to walk or put weight on your leg

  • Pain after walking or mild exertion that does not go away

  • Pale or bluish skin (cyanosis)

  • Popping sound at time of injury

  • Red streaks around a tender area or lump

  • Red, warm, and swollen calf or leg

  • Weakness or lethargy


What is calf pain?

Calf pain is any feeling of discomfort in the fleshy tissue on the back side of the lower leg, from below the knee to above the ankle. Your calves are made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels, all of which are subject to injury, infection, or other conditions that can be painful.

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What causes calf pain?

Most calf pain is due to overuse, injury, and age-related wear and tear on the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the calf. Usually these conditions are not serious, and you can largely prevent and treat overuse and minor injuries with self-care and lifestyle changes. For example, proper rest between periods of exertion and abstaining from extreme sports without proper conditioning are two pract... Read more about calf paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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