E. Gregory Thompson MD

Calf Muscle

The calf muscle is actually two muscles, the gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle. The soleus lies underneath the gastrocnemius. The gastrocnemius is larger and is more at risk for strains, pulls, and tears. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

Common Questions About Giving Yourself Shots

If you need to give yourself injections, or shots, at home, you may have some questions or concerns. You might need to inject medicine under the skin (subcutaneous). Or you might inject it into a muscle (intramuscular). Either way, these tips may help address your concerns. How do I get rid of an air bubble in the…

Seabather’s Eruption

What is seabather’s eruption? Seabather’s eruption is a rash that occurs when a swimmer is stung by marine life larvae. The condition has many names, including sea lice, pika-pika, sea poisoning, sea critters, and ocean itch. What causes seabather’s eruption? Two types of marine life that generally cause this rash are…

Protecting Your Skin From the Sun

Covers possible effects of sun exposure, including sunburn and skin cancer. Explains UVA and UVB rays. Offers tips for children and adults on how much time to spend in the sun. Discusses protective clothing and sunscreen protection, including proper SPF.