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Pain in One Calf Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand pain in one calf symptoms, including 8 causes & common questions.

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8 Possible Pain In One Calf Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain in one calf. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fever, thigh pain, upper leg swelling, calf pain, butt pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Calf strain

A strain, commonly called a "pulled muscle," is when a muscle becomes overstretched, and microscopic tears occur. A calf strain happens when one of the muscles on the back of the lower leg is pulled.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pain in one calf, moderate calf pain, calf pain, sports injury, soccer injury

Symptoms that always occur with calf strain: pain in one calf

Urgency: Self-treatment

Achilles tendonitis

The Achilles tendon connects the back of the heel to the muscles of the calves. Achilles tendonitis can be an acute or chronic condition. The term tendonitis implies inflammatory cells in the region of the tendon. While this may be true in acute cases of tendon overuse or tendon ...

Baker's cyst (popliteal cyst)

A Baker's cyst, also called as Popliteal cyst, is a fluid-filled mass that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind the knee. The pain can get worse when the knee is fully flexed or extended.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: calf pain, swollen knee, knee pain that gets worse when squatting, knee instability, dull, achy knee pain

Symptoms that always occur with baker's cyst (popliteal cyst): lump on the back of the knee, constant knee lump

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Calf bruise

A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the calf are common, given the location on the body.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pain in one calf, recent calf injury, calf pain from an injury, swollen calf, bruised calf

Symptoms that always occur with calf bruise: recent calf injury, calf pain from an injury

Urgency: Self-treatment

Repetitive strain injury of the calf

Repetitive strain injury of the calf is caused by consistent repetitive use.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: lower leg numbness, calf pain from overuse

Symptoms that always occur with repetitive strain injury of the calf: calf pain from overuse

Symptoms that never occur with repetitive strain injury of the calf: recent calf injury, severe calf pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Achilles tendon rupture

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Together, they help push the heel off the ground and let a person go up on their toes. If the Achilles tendon stretches too far, it can tear or rupture.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: achilles tendon pain, constant foot pain, sports injury, recent ankle injury, swollen achilles

Symptoms that always occur with achilles tendon rupture: achilles tendon pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by longstanding or poorly controlled diabetes mellitus (DM). Other risk factors for developing diabetic neuropathy include obesity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and abnormal lipid levels.

Diabetic neuropathy can present as a number ...

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In One Calf

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Did you injure your calf?
  • Do you feel pain when your calf is squeezed?
  • Do you have any idea what caused your calf pain

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Pain In One Calf Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in one calf have also experienced:

  • 6% Lower Back Pain
  • 3% Pain In One Hip
  • 2% Swollen Lower Leg

People who have experienced pain in one calf were most often matched with:

  • 66% Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • 22% Achilles Tendonitis
  • 11% Calf Strain

People who have experienced pain in one calf had symptoms persist for:

  • 30% Less than a week
  • 25% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.