Article by John Miller
Calf pain is a common occurrence in sports that include running, jumping, hopping and landing activities. Your calf muscle group essentially consists of two muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) that attach to your Achilles tendon.
Calf injuries can occur to both muscle and tendon structures. They are commonly caused by excessive forces during explosive contraction, eccentric control loading or when your calf muscles fatigue.
Your calf muscles protect your shin bone from the rear and both sides. However, excessive load through your shin bone (tibia) can result in shin pain and its related injuries.
Common Sources of Calf Pain
The most common sources of leg pain include a torn calf muscle, achilles tendonitis and leg cramps.
Here is a list of some common causes of calf pain.
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinitis
Calf Muscle Tear
High Ankle Sprain
Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
Referred Calf Pain & Blood Clots
Calf pain is commonly as a result of referred pain eg Sciatica or can be due to Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT's).
Sciatica is a condition caused by a pinched nerve in your lower back. Fortunately, it can usually be treated successfully with physiotherapy. The occasional patient requires spinal surgery.
DVT's are the most serious concerns and can result in pulmonary embolism, stroke or potentially death! Your calf pain should be excluded for the possibility of a DVT as au URGENT PRIORITY.
Please consult your doctor or physiotherapist to assess and exclude a DVT.
Calf Pain Treatment
With accurate assessment and early treatment, most calf pain responds extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.
Please ask you physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.
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Calf Pain Treatment Options
Early Injury Treatment
Avoid the HARM Factors
What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
Balance Enhancement Exercises
Proprioception & Balance Exercises
Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
Soft Tissue Massage
Brace or Support
Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
Joint Mobilisation Techniques
Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
Supportive Taping & Strapping
Calf Pain FAQs
Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
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Physiotherapy & Exercise
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Massage Styles and their Benefits
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How Much Treatment Will You Need?
Sports Injury? What to do? When?
What are the Common Massage Therapy Techniques?
What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
What is a TENS Machine?
What is all the Fuss about Barefoot Running?
What is Chronic Pain?
What is Nerve Pain?
What is Sports Physiotherapy?
What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
When Can You Return to Sport?
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Last updated 29-Oct-2014 12:53 PM
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