Injuries to the lower leg can be acute (sudden onset) or chronic (gradual onset). Lower leg pain includes shin, calf, ankle & achilles pain.
Select the type or location of your lower leg pain:
These occur at the back of the lower leg and can be sudden onset (acute) or occur gradually over time (chronic).
- Calf strain – torn calf muscle at the back of the lower leg.
- Cramp – acute, sudden onset muscle spasm/contraction.
- Compartment syndrome – where the muscle swells up too large for the sheath surrounding it.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis – blood clot and should not be missed.
- View all calf injuries
Pain in the shin is usually of gradual onset and can be difficult to get rid of.
- Shin splints – is a widely used term to describe pain on the inside of the shin.
- Anterior compartment syndrome – causes pain on the outside front of the shin.
Read more on shin pain.
Ankle & Achilles pain
- Acute injuries – occur suddenly and include sprains, strains & fractures.
- Inside of the ankle – also known as medial ankle pain.
- Outside of the ankle – also known as lateral ankle pain.
- Achilles pain – and other injuries at the back of the ankle.