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Top 6 Sharp Calf Pain Causes

  1. 1.Blood Clot Requiring an Ultrasound

    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.

    Go to the emergency room immediately.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, thigh pain, calf pain, upper leg swelling, painful swelling in the lower leg
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a common condition characterized by an urge to move the legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations.

    You should see a doctor if these symptoms continue or begin to get worse

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, dull or achy leg pain, difficulty falling asleep, restless legs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Acl Injury

    The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a super-important tendon that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin), keeping the tibia from flying forward every time a step is taken. Tearing happens in a lot of accidents and sports, unfortunately.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER. An ACL tear is very painful and requires surgery, and the sooner that happens, the better the outcome.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, knee instability, knee pain from an injury, swollen knee
    Symptoms that always occur with acl injury:
    knee pain
    Symptoms that never occur with acl injury:
    mild knee pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  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.Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome

    Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is the lateral knee pain that results from overuse that occurs after repetitive motion. It is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.

    You should go see your doctor in the coming days/weeks regarding your knee pain. He/she will assess the severity of your iliotibial band syndrome and determine the proper course of treatment (ranging from physical therapy and anti-infammatory medicine to corticosteroid injection or possibly surgery).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going down stairs, sharp knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with iliotibial (it) band syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Pulmonary Embolism

    A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in an artery in the lungs. It is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to the affected lung, low oxygen levels in your blood, or damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen.

    Call 911 immediately. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, cough, fever, being severely ill, wheezing
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Sharp Calf Pain

  • Q.Is the pain affecting:
  • Q.How long has your calf (or calves) been hurting?
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.How severe is your calf pain?

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Sharp Calf Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced sharp calf pain have also experienced:

    • 25% Dull, Achy Knee Pain
    • 25% Dull, Achy Hip Pain
    • 25% Pain in One Calf
  • People who have experienced sharp calf pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced sharp calf pain were most often matched with:

    • 50% Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)
    • 50% Acl Injury

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