chase08
sciatica can it cause calf pain? 10/7/2008 8:22AM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I was wondering if sciatica could cause calf pain similiar to a calf strain? anybody have this type of problem?
29-timer
RE: sciatica can it cause calf pain? 10/7/2008 8:30AM - in reply to chase08 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
sure it can,

the sciatic nerve runs all down the leg and the pain can run all the way down into your foot.

it can cause something that feels like a cramp in the calf muscles, but is more of a muscle shut-down - you can really damage the muscles if you try to do too much when they aren't firing properly
chase08
RE: sciatica can it cause calf pain? 10/7/2008 8:33AM - in reply to 29-timer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
ok what kind of stretches can i do? or would a chiropractor be the best bet?
29-timer
RE: sciatica can it cause calf pain? 10/7/2008 9:47AM - in reply to chase08 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
this is one place where a chiro can probably help.

are you having any piriformis or glute issues? a tight piriformis can irritate the sciatic too, that's what happened to me last spring and the chiro fixed it quickly
chase08
RE: sciatica can it cause calf pain? 10/7/2008 10:17AM - in reply to 29-timer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
ok thank you this has helped out alot
Taco Truck
RE: sciatica can it cause calf pain? 6/19/2013 11:16PM - in reply to chase08 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Any update on this? My friend has the same problem. It has hampered him for 2.5 years. He has limited resources and is w/o health insurance.

He tried taking time off and the it only gets better little before pain returns on different part of the left leg. Now the pain is down at his calf muscle.

Is the chiropractor the best option here as stated by the previous poster? Any good recommendation in NYC metro area?
Same Calf Problem as OP
RE: sciatica can it cause calf pain? 5/22/2014 10:21AM - in reply to 29-timer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Bump***

It sounds like I have the same problem as the OP. I have been dealing with this for a year now, and I have had every treatment under the sun on my calf and the numbness/cramping/nervy pain keeps coming back when I start up running (Also I was tested for compartment syndrome, but it was negative). Early April I decided to start hitting the gym and build up strength in my legs, and found that lunges, leg press, squares and hamstring curls (basically anything involving the hamstring) really gave my calf relief (but the problem of numbness/cramping/nervy pain ultimately would com back).

After reading about sciatic problems, I am convinced it articulates perfectly what I have been dealing with over this last year. So my question is, outside of the obvious "go to a Chiro or PT" (which I have spend too much money on already), what can I start doing today that will help?