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Your Bruised Calf May Also be Known as:
Bruise on calf
Bruise on leg
Bruised leg
Calf bruising
Calf is bruised
Leg bruising
Leg is bruised

Top 10 Bruised Calf Causes

  1. 1.Lower Leg Weakness

    Any leg weakness is a sign of nerve damage, which is very worrisome and requires you to go see a doctor immediately!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lower leg weakness, foot weakness, arm weakness, odd walking gait, severe pelvis pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin and determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, lower leg pain, lower leg redness, painful swelling in the lower leg, calf pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    lower leg redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin colored mass on lower leg, marble-size lower leg lump, small lower leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin colored mass on lower leg
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

    The kneecap (patella) is located directly in front of the thigh bone (femur), and should normally glide freely up and down. In this condition, called patellofemoral pain syndrome, the kneecap may rub against the thigh bone instead of gliding smoothly, causing damage and pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. While you can safely take steps to treat this condition at home (avoiding strenuous use of the knee and taking over-the-counter pain medication), your doctor may coordinate care with a physical therapist to help manage your pain and function of the knee.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when squatting
    Symptoms that always occur with patellofemoral pain syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Noise - Related Hearing Loss

    Excess noise on a frequent basis can damage the delicate inner ear, causing permanent hearing loss.

    You should see your doctor in the coming weeks to speak about options to reduce your hearing exposure and to consider treatment possibilities.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    possible hearing loss, hearing loss that is worse in noisy environments, increased difficulty with speech due to hearing loss
    Symptoms that always occur with noise-related hearing loss:
    possible hearing loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Graves' Disease

    The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck that is responsible for making thyroid hormones. These hormones control important body functions, such as heart rate and the rate at which the body turns food into energy. In Grave's disease, the immune system malfunctions and drives the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of hormones, leading to symptoms such as trouble sleeping, irritability and nervousness, heat sensitivity, hand tremors, and weight loss.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get your blood tested. Grave's disease is a complex condition that is managed with prescription antithyroid medications, as well as surgery in rare cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Possible Meniere's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It can cause severe dizziness, a roaring sound in the ears called tinnitus, hearing loss that comes and goes and the feeling of ear pressure or pain. Meniere's commonly develops between the ages of 20 and 60, and most often starts in only one ear.

    You should visit your primary care physician. A hearing test is likely to be performed. This is a complex condition that is treated with prescription medication to help reduce the amount of fluid inside the inner ear, as well as medication to prevent vertigo, dizziness, and vomiting.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, episodic dizziness, vertigo (extreme dizziness), ringing in the ears, ear fullness/pressure
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Aspiration Pneumonia

    Aspiration Pneumonia occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, causing an infection.

    Going to your doctor is important, since diagnosing Aspiration Pneumonia requires a chest x-ray and a blood test. Given the possibility of the infection worsening, starting antibiotic treatment as soon as possible is really key.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, fever, coughing up green or yellow phlegm
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Non - Specific Skin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific skin rash:
    rash
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  10. 10.Fibular Nerve Injury

    Fibular nerve damage can be caused by a wide range of conditions, including trauma, surgery, weight loss, and others.

    Make a doctor's appointment to address your fibular nerve damage, and find out the underlying cause.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bruised Calf

  • Q.Is your lower leg bruising getting better or worse?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Bruised Calf Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bruised calf have also experienced:

    • 13% Lower Leg Bruise
    • 8% Thigh Bruise
    • 6% Upper Leg Bruise
  • People who have experienced bruised calf had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Over a Month
    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 11% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced bruised calf were most often matched with:

    • 8% Lower Leg Weakness
    • 8% Cellulitis
    • 4% Skin Cyst

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