I had a surgery for a torn meniscus 9 days ago and arthritis cleaned up under my knee. I had a partial medial menisectomy. I was told after surgery that 50% of the meniscus was torn. The knee gets a little better each day, but is still very tight and swollen but the pain is tolerable so I've weaned myself off of the crutches. My problem is my calf. If I'm on it very long at all, it starts burning. I would be concerned about a blood clot, but I've had issues with that calf for years off and on. About 10 years ago I was checked for a blood clot using ultrasound and it was negative. Anytime I over use this leg, it seems that the calf acts up but goes away in a few days. I feel relief when I flex my foot and stretch the muscle. I understand with a blood clot flexing makes it hurt. It's not red and isn't hot either. So I'm 99.9% sure it's not a clot.
I've figured the whole time that the muscle might be overcompensating for the knee, but today when I was slowly walking it felt like something grinding or something like that. It just feels messed up. I started feeling pain that went down to the outside of my ankle and it's been sorer than ever even after taking ibuprofen and methocarbomol. While resting it still hurts. I've pulled the crutches back out. I'm afraid I've torn my muscle. Is this calf pain normal after surgery? If so, how long will it take to go away. I need to get back to work, but there is no way with this kind of pain. I can't function.