calf muscle pump

calf muscle pump

an action of the calf (soleus) muscles in which the muscles contract and squeeze the popliteal and tibial veins, forcing the blood in those veins to move upward toward the heart. Also called soleus pump.
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Venous ulcers arise from venous valve incompetence and calf muscle pump insufficiency which leads to stasis and venous hypertension.
Joint mobility, particularly that of the ankle, is an important component of calf muscle pump function and should be carefully recorded.
Modalities for the treatment of orthostatic swelling include compression stockings, medication (mainly diuretics), passive and active movements, calf muscle pump stimulation and foot pump devices (Man et al, 2003).