29 Nov CALF STRAINS EXPLAINED
CALF STRAINS EXPLAINED
A calf strain is an injury to the muscles in the back of your lower leg. The calf muscles cross the knee and lower leg to attach to the heel. There are two main muscles in the back of the lower leg; the gastrocnemius and the soleus.
If forces on the muscle are too great, the calf muscle tissues can strain. Strains can range from mild or severe, with severe strains causing the muscle to completely tear. Sudden movements or athletic activity such as jumping or running can lead to a calf strain. Strains can also occur if the calf muscle becomes fatigued and overused.
At the time of the initial injury, you may feel a sharp pain in your calf muscles and notice bruising or swelling. Pain in the back of the lower leg often occurs with movement, and you may walk with a limp or have difficulty climbing stairs.
Therapy can help you reduce your calf pain, improve your calf muscle strength, and help you return to using your leg for everyday activities. Your therapist will teach you exercises to stretch, strengthen, and improve your balance in the leg that you injured. You can also learn how to avoid re-injury by gradually returning to activity, and how to choose the best footwear.
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