In all probability you have strained a ligament or a tendon as you have probably started weight bearing before complete healing. You may also have caused damage at the surgery site. You are supposed to use crutches for 10-15 days or until normal gait is attained by physiotherapy and rehab program.
Pain in the calf area can also be due to pinched spinal nerves in the lumbo-sacral area or a pinched nerve at the knee joint. A nerve conduction study should be done. A MRI of the lumbar spine should also be able to throw some light. A deep vein thrombophlebitis or intermittent claudication (spontaneous spasm and relaxation of arteries) can also cause similar symptoms.
Please discuss with your doctor. You may need another MRI. Please do not opt for a change in post surgery rehab without your doctor’s or physiotherapist’s advice. Take care!
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Thank you for your insightful reply. After surgery my instructions were to use crutches for only 2 or 3 days so I did that and then started walking without them. I did use them when I felt very uncomfortable. Most of the pain was from the calf unless I turned the wrong way and then I'd feel a very sharp pain in the knee. No physical therapy was recommended other than at the hospital when I was given 3 exercises to do every day.
I went back to the doctor for my 10 day check up and he was concerned about DVT even though I didn't have all the classic symptoms. I told him I didn't think that was it because I've had issues with the calf before. He didn't offer any other suggestions as to what it could be. Maybe he just wanted to rule that out first because of its seriousness. I went ahead and had an ultrasound and it came out negative. I've increased putting my leg up and icing it while still trying to get around so I can get the circulation in my knee. It is still quite swollen and the doctor did say that after a month if it is still swollen he would drain it. He also told me to increase my ibuprofen.
I do have a bad lower back with herniated discs so the pinched nerve is a possibility. The calf pain eased up yesterday. Today I've got to gear myself up for going back to work on Monday, so I've been walking around quite a bit and the calf pain is coming back.I don't know how I'm going to manage.
I feel frustrated and that my doctor really isn't listening to me. Do I change at this point or just hope for the best? He seemed to care before surgery, but post surgery had been a different story. I've even wondered if my surgery was absolutely necessary. I am walking a little better post surgery than pre, but not by much.
i have the same exact problem. Had torn meniscus surgery 12 days ago. I also used crutches for 2 days because that is what I was told to do. I switched to a cane for 1 or 2 days. I have had terrible calf pain and swelling right from the start. Even before getting off the crutches, so doubt I pulled something. My dr..said it the pain gets really severe that he will schedule an ultrasound to check for a blood clot. The pain doesn't get severe but is still there and it is still somewhat swollen. Did your's ever get resolved?
I have calf mucles after surgery on the same day of the surgery. I had surgery on the maniscus and ACL. Is the sore claff mucles or whatever it this normal?
My OS told me full weight bearing as tolerated the same day of surgery, so I used crutches only a day or two as well. It's been a week and I've gone from major thigh tightness after walking (like someone punched me) for the first 5 days to *now* major calf tightness.
Did this ever remedy for u? My second knee surgery, other knee same issue, but the calf issue still plagues me nearly a year later. Constant stretching, massage stick. I'm thinking custom insoles as I'm on my feet on concrete everyday
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After having my Meniscus cleaned up in my right knee I have started having a tightness and severe ache in my calf and foot. If I remove my shoe and sock it helps but I have noticed when I fully extend my leg I get a muscle bulge behind my knee just above the calf muscle. I had a bakers cyst prior to surgery and it is not that this is hard like muscle. If I rest that spot on something hard to put pressure on it it get better or else I have to use muescle relaxers or narcotics to relieve pain. Is it possible the muscle has herniated from the bakers cyst or from surgery
I would say to call your doctor who did the surgery to see what he thinks it is. You might (it sounds like) have a completely different problem your doctor needs to diagnose and treat especially if your having pain preventing you from working. I know this probably isn’t what you wanted to hear but at least you will be getting a professional opinion you really should have. We here at medhelp cannot give you a professional opinion since we are not doctors. I hope you get the answers you need and are feeling better real soon!