Point tenderness in calf muscles

Pain at a specific point in the calf muscle. Pressing in or 'palpating' the muscle causes pain. Calf strain is the most common cause with point tenderness in the middle where the Achilles tendon joins the calf muscle. Point tenderness can also be due to a bruise where direct trauma as occurred. Injuries with this symptom are listed below:

  • Calf Strain

    Calf Strain

    A calf strain is a tear of the muscle fibres of the muscles at the back of the lower leg and can range from mild to very severe.

  • Contusion of the Lower Leg

    Contusion - Lower Leg

    A contusion is a bruise resulting from a direct blow or impact. Often the muscle is crushed against the bone.

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT is a blood clot in a vein. It is most common in the calf muscle area, particularly following surgery and long-haul flights. It is very important this is not misdiagnosed as a calf strain.

  • Fibula Stress Fracture

    Fibula Stress Fracture

    A stress fracture of the fibula is a small fracture or hairline crack in the bone. It is not as common as a stress fracture of the tibia because the fibula is not used in load bearing in the same way.

  • Fibula Fracture

    Fibula Fracture

    A acute fracture of the fibula bone in the lower leg occurs as a result of a direct trauma or impact to the leg or ankle. Stress fractures can also occur from overuse or repetitive impacts.