Calf pain is something frequently experienced by athletes and those who spend their working day on their feet. Fortunately most causes of such pain are fairly minor and can be easily treated. Common causes of calf pain include shin splints, muscle strains, Baker’s cyst and Achilles tendonitis.
The location of the pain gives a good indication of the cause of the problem. For example, Achilles tendonitis usually manifests along the lower portion of the calf where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone at the heel. Shin splints tend to present pain on either the outer or the inner surface of (the front of) lower leg, muscle strains typically cause a deep-seated pain in the upper portion of the calf muscle and a Baker’s cyst is associated with a swelling behind the knee.
Regardless of the cause, chiropractic treatment can help relieve pain by realigning the joints involved, correcting the biomechanics and helping to loosen muscles and tendons. Sometimes calf pain comes from the lower back. It can be referred pain from the muscles and joints or from irritation/pressure on a nerve root or the large sciatic sending at times severe pain down the leg and into the calf. Your chiropractor will take a full case history and perform a thorough examination which will allow a proper diagnosis and direct treatment to the appropriate area.
Occasionally calf pain is the result of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The calf may appear hot, red, or swollen and would require urgent medical attention. In such cases where the cause of calf pain is an underlying pathology the chiropractor would differentiate this and refer you for the necessary immediate care.