There are three main muscles that make up the calf, and they include the soleus, the medial, and lateral gastrocnemius muscles. Some of the most common calf pain causes are injuries to these muscles. Calf pain can also be caused by medical conditions, bone fractures or breaks, joint issues, or circulation. Please see our calf pain exercises.
Some of the most common calf pain causes include:
Calf pain symptoms can range from occasional aches and pains, which are often treatable at home, and include:
To more severe pain:
Be sure to see your doctor if you have any question about your leg pain or if symptoms get worse.
Tight calf muscles by themselves can be painful, but they may also be symptomatic of weakness elsewhere in the leg. A calf strain, pull, or even a tight calf can change the way your walk, quickly impacting your hamstrings, hips, lower back and even foot. This change can set off a chain of events that, if not addressed, could lead to more complicated and painful results.
If you are experiencing tightness in your calf, you may already have triggered a tightening of your hamstrings. The same is true for the opposite direction of the interconnective chain; in fact, one of the leading causes of heel pain (plantar fasciitis) is tight calf muscles.
The following are some common calf pain treatment options:
Stretch & Strengthen