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2 Potential Recent Calf Injury Causes

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.

  1. 1.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.

    Bruises will begin to heal over the course of a week

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one calf, calf pain from an injury, recent calf injury, swollen calf, bruised calf
    Symptoms that always occur with calf bruise:
    recent calf injury, calf pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  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.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    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, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Recent Calf Injury

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Where on your lower leg is the swelling?

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Recent Calf Injury Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced recent calf injury have also experienced:

    • 10% Swollen Lower Leg
    • 5% Muscle Aches
    • 5% Lower Leg Pain
  • People who have experienced recent calf injury were most often matched with:

    • 5% Calf Bruise
    • 5% Cellulitis
  • 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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