The calf muscles are very necessary for mobility, as they are responsible for activating the ankle joint and are responsible for both extending the calf muscles for walking and standing on tiptoe. Pain in the calves can affect a person’s ability to move, ruining their quality of life.
Fortunately, calf pain can be solved with the use of certain products designed to alleviate this ailment, and speed recovery from any injuries they may have suffered. So that the patient can return to their routine as soon as possible.
What are the causes and symptoms of calf pain?
Calf pain can be constant and persistent over long periods of time, or it can be a one-off pain felt when trying to trigger the muscle to walk, run or move the foot. Depending on the case, it will also depend on the causes of the pain.
When calf pain occurs, it is usually caused by a purely muscular problem, but there are occasions when it can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Some of these are mentioned below:
- Muscle strain: when during physical activity we overuse the calves, they reach their limit and start to have involuntary contractions and spasms that cause acute pain.
- Muscle rupture: if the muscle continues to be strained after a contracture, the fibres can break, causing the calf to tear, resulting in severe pain that requires immediate immobilisation of the affected foot.
- Muscle overload: when we increase the workload on the muscle without it being prepared for it, this can cause damage to the fibres that lasts for several days while they regenerate.
- Fracture: whether the tibia or fibula is fractured, pain will be generated in the calf because when this happens, generally, the bone damages the fibres of the muscle causing it to swell.
- Contusion: receiving a direct blow to the calf will cause it to swell and remain sore for several days.
- Sciatica: a pinched nerve in the lower back can also cause pain in the calf if it is connected to it in any way.
- Achilles tendonitis: when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, a pain at the base of the calf comes into play, which is more intense when trying to walk.
- Venous thrombosis: one of the most serious problems as it is a blocked or clotted vein that causes pain that starts out mild and increases. The clot can move to the lungs or heart and cause irreparable damage or even death.
- Fluid retention: this can be caused by heart or kidney problems. The body begins to accumulate fluid in the ankles and calves, causing mild pain in this area.
When it occurs for the reasons mentioned above, calf pain may be accompanied by other signs such as the following:
- Not being able to stand on tiptoe.
- Difficulty walking.
- Instability in the ankle.
- Pain to touch.
- Pain when stretching the calf.
- Deformity of the calf.
- Dizziness (a clear symptom of venous thrombosis).
- Shortness of breath (if the blood clot passes into the lungs).
- Pain in the back (if due to sciatica).
- Poor blood circulation.
- Unsteadiness in standing upright.
List of the best products for calf pain relief
To relieve calf pain, you can use one of the following products developed especially for calf pain, either to provide relief or to improve recovery from a calf injury. Some of these products are even designed to prevent certain calf injuries.
Ice Massage Roller Ball (Green)£17,20 Add to basket
Peanut Massage Roller (Pink)£17,20 Add to basket
Trigger Point Massage Hook for Neck, Back & Shoulders (Navy)£25,82 Add to basket
Foam Roller for Back, Legs, Calf and Hamstrings (Green/Navy)£21,51 Add to basket
Acupressure Mat and Pillow (Black/Gray)£43,07 Add to basket
Microwaveable Wheat Bag for Pain Relief (Sport)£17,20 Add to basket
Wheat Bag for Microwave Classic Bottle Shaped (Oxford)£21,51 Add to basket
Microwave Wheat Bag Extra Large for Back Pain Relief (Hearts)£25,82 Add to basket
Calf Compression Sleeve (Green/Navy)£21,51 Add to basket
Compression Socks (Black/Gray)£17,20 Add to basket