Hi everyone I wonder if some of the people who have responded and been checked for circulation type issues may have a torn plantaris muscle? This is a small slim muscle which about 10% of people don't even have. It is linked with the big calf muscle, gastroc and soleus.
From what I've read on the web, it can tear or rupture which can lead to swelling. This is often missed.
I have had swelling in my left calf since a 'pop' on a long run summer 2012. It has swelled up on and off since then and had a resurgence when started running again (had wider achilles issues which prevented me running for ages).
Have had doctor, physio and podiatrist all look at it. Had ultrasound last week which didn't pick anything up and it was then that physio thought it might be plantaris.
Am now going back to doctor (especially having seen the other posts!) to try and get an MRI on it. Although not sure will make much difference to treatment, except that might need to properly rest it after this summer's activities, as treatment seems to be conservative.