The calf is made up of 2 muscles called the gastrocnemius and the soleus. They meet at the Achilles tendon which is attached to the heel bone. Overstretching or tearing either of these 2 calf muscles is known as a calf strain. Normally there is a sudden pain in the calf, and you may feel a pop, snap or tear.
What causes calf pain to come and go?
Calf pain usually results from a muscle cramp or injury. However, it can also stem from a vascular problem, such as a blood clot, a pinched nerve, tendon damage, and other issues. There are a variety of conditions that can affect the calf muscles, as well as the blood vessels and other structures around it.
Why did my leg suddenly hurt when I stretched it?
Sometimes during a stretching routine, but more likely while engaged in a workout or playing a sport, overstretching may appear in the form of a strain or a sprain: A strain is caused by overstretching or overexerting a tendon (attaches muscle to bone) or muscle.
What is intermittent pain in the calf muscle?
'Intermittent claudication' is a cramp-like pain that some people get in the calf muscle in one or both legs when they walk or take exercise. This pain goes away when they rest. The pain can also happen in the thigh muscles or buttocks. Some people may only get this pain when they walk uphill.
How to tell the difference between calf pain muscle and blood clot?
A calf cramp can commonly present in both legs, where as a blood clot will usually appear in one spot. A DVT will often present with pain, redness, heat and a palpable lump, whereas a strain or muscle cramp will be painful but doesn't always have redness or heat radiating from the area.
Why do I get a sharp pain in my calf when I stretch?
Overstretching or tearing either of these 2 calf muscles is known as a calf strain. Normally there is a sudden pain in the calf, and you may feel a pop, snap or tear. A calf strain may also mean you experience the following symptoms: Sudden pain at the back of the leg.