Sudden calf pain

Sudden pain in the calf muscles, also described as a shooting pain in the calf or a sharp pain in the calf. Acute calf pain is more commonly from a tear to the large gastrocnemius muscle at the back of the lower leg. Sudden calf pain can also radiate from the back where an injury such as a disc herniation as happened. 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.

  • Cramp in the Calf Muscles

    Cramp - Calf Muscles

    Cramp is an involuntary contraction of the muscle which can not only be very painful but may also cause muscle damage in severe cases. We look at the possible causes and treatment options available.

  • Posterior Compartment Syndrome

    Posterior Compartment Syndrome

    The deep posterior compartment is a surrounded by a sheath which contains the muscles of the lower leg. Compartment syndromes arise when a muscle becomes too big for the sheath that surrounds it.

  • Lateral Compartment Syndrome

    Lateral Compartment Syndrome

    A compartment syndrome occurs when the muscles swell too big for the surrounding sheath and can be acute or chronic.