How to Heal, and Strengthen a Strained Calf Muscle
A pulled calf muscle refers to strains within the two muscles in the lower back of your leg that make up your calf. They’re called the gastrocnemius and soleus
muscles. When a strain occurs, muscle fibers are torn to some degree. A pulled calf muscle happens when your internal muscles are overstretched from exercise. This is a common injury, especially among athletes and runners. Pulled calf muscles may be chronic from long-term injury or acute from brief over pulling.
Pulled calf muscle symptoms:
Symptoms of a pulled calf muscle can depend on the severity of the injury. A mild strain can leave you with pain and feelings of pulling within the lower half of your leg. You can still walk with a mild strain, but it may be uncomfortable.
Other signs of a pulled calf muscle include:
In ability to stand up on the ball of your foot
A severe pull in your calf muscles can leave you with feelings of sharp pain. It can also affect your mobility, making you unable to walk.
Treating a pulled calf muscle?
A mild calf muscle strain may resolve within in a few days. In the meantime, you can use the following home treatments:
Ice or cold compresses. Wrap these in a soft cloth and place on your calf for 10 minutes. You can repeat the process every hour or two for the first three days of your injury if you still have swelling.
Heat pads. Make sure the setting is on low and that you don’t fall asleep with a heating pad on your leg. Try not to use a heating pad right away as the heat may cause your calf to swell more.
Leg wraps. These can also help reduce swelling and increase mobility.
Prop your leg up above heart level. This will decrease swelling.
Rest for at least a full day. Only return to exercise and your normal activities after your calf is completely free from pain and swelling.
Massage Therapeutic Treatments
Massage Therapeutic massage helps loosen tight muscles and increases blood flow to help heal damaged tissues. Although the area might be too sensitive for massage but we confront the pain with our own technique to bring faster healing to the affected area. After about a week, it can help relieve pain and improve range of motion.
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