By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 26, 2017
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Have you been experiencing pain in your calf on a consistent basis? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we find that there are a wide variety of possible causes of calf pain in patients we treat. Below are some questions to ask that may help lead to the source of the pain:

Have you changed your fitness routine? If you’ve made a sudden increase in the intensity or duration of your exercise program, you may experience calf pain. While a certain amount of muscles soreness is normal—particularly if you are starting a sport that uses the calf muscles, or if you’ve been inactive for awhile—lasting or severe pain is not. A ruptured Achilles tendon or inflammation of the tendon (Achilles tendonitis) are possible causes of the pain.

Did you have surgery recently and/or fly on a plane? A very serious cause of calf pain is a Deep Vein Thrombosis. This is a blood clot that forms deep in the calf and can be extremely dangerous if it breaks free and travels to the heart, lungs or other organs. If you have any reason to believe that Deep Vein Thrombosis is a possibility, contact your doctor immediately.

Are you drinking enough water and eating a balanced diet? Current guidelines recommend that you drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water every day to stay fully hydrated. Calf cramps, particularly when they occur during the night, can be a sign of dehydration. Also, if you are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals you may experience pain in your calf.

Do you have diabetes? Circulatory problems are often associated with diabetes. Poor blood flow to the lower extremities is another possible source of calf pain. Other diseases such as Peripheral Vascular Disease are characterized by decreased blood flow to the legs, resulting in pain in the calf area.

In some cases, calf pain may be a sign of other podiatric problems such as flat feet or an ankle issue. The only way to find out for sure what’s causing the pain and how to relieve it is to make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. Our foot doctor will conduct a physical examination of your feet and ankles and also ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle to track down the cause of your calf pain and then prescribe the correct treatment. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey today by calling 732-662-3050.