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Foot Examination

What is Calf Pain?

Calf pain refers to discomfort or soreness in the muscles located at the back of the lower leg, specifically in the area between the knee and ankle. There are various potential causes of calf pain, including:

  1. Muscle Strain: Overuse or excessive physical activity can lead to muscle strain in the calf muscles.

  2. Dehydration: Inadequate fluid intake may cause muscle cramps and pain, including in the calves.

  3. Poor Blood Circulation: Conditions like peripheral artery disease (PAD) can result in reduced blood flow to the legs, leading to calf pain. 

  4. Nerve Compression or Injury: Pinched nerves or injuries to the nerves in the lower leg can cause pain in the calf.

  5. Injuries: Trauma, such as a muscle tear or sprain, can result in calf pain.

  6. Blood Clot: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the veins, may cause pain and swelling in the calf.

  7. Medication Side Effects: Some medications may have side effects that include muscle pain.

How can Chiropractic care help Calf Pain?


Treatment for calf pain often involves conservative measures, including:

  • Chiropractic adjusting of the foot and ankle to improve mobility and reduce pain.

  • Soft tissue therapies for the calf and arch to reduce tension of the gastrocnemius, soleus and deeper calf muscles can be beneficial as well

  • Rehabilitation exercises to improve strength of the arch and calf.

  • Stretching exercises: Stretching the calf muscles, arch muscles and the plantar fascia.

  • Supportive footwear: Wearing shoes with proper arch support.

  • Orthotic devices: Using orthotic inserts to support the foot's arch.

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