calf pain

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Calf pain can come from calf strain which is a common injury and caused by over stretching or applying excess force to the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg. The muscle fibres are stretched and weakened, resulting in bleeding into the muscle.

Symptoms of calf pain
Mild ache when resting or moderate pain when using the affected muscle 
Swelling 
Discoloration, redness or bruising 
Difficulty in pushing off from your foot or lifting up on your toes.

Treatment for a more serious injury or pain

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Treatment for minor injury
Minor injuries that cause calf pain can heal on their own in time. To speed up the healing and reduce the inflammation, swelling and pain try using the “RICE” treatment.

Rest 
Rest helps prevent further injury and gives time to allow the healing process to begin. Reduce exercise until you can walk pain free. Avoid straining your calf muscles by running or jumping until walking is free from pain.

Ice 
Ice packs can reduce the swelling and reduce pain. An ice pack can be made by wrapping a frozen peas or some crushed ice in a damp towel. Hold the ice pack on the injury for 10 minutes every 2 hours for the first two or three days after the injury. Then treat three times a day until swelling goes down.
Rehabilitation and recovery 
Healing of the calf muscles can take six weeks, although everyone recovers at different rates. 
As healing gets progresses, it is important to begin exercising to gently stretch the calf muscle and regain normal function of the knee and ankle joints. This will to reduce the risk of more injury.


Exercises


 

With toes pointing towards you, draw your foot up as far as possible, Hold for five seconds. Then point your foot away as far as possible. Hold for five seconds. Repeat ten times.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sit on a chair and bend and straighten your knee ten times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facing the wall, place your hands against the wall at eye level. Keep your injured leg at the back and your heel on the floor, lean towards the wall. Bend your uninjured leg and feel a stretch in the back of your injured calf. Hold for thirty seconds.

Repeat 4 times. Repeat several times a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can stand on your toes without pain, stand next to a chair a. Stand up onto your toes and hold for five seconds, then lower yourself back down. Repeat 4 times. Repeat this twice a day. Every second day Increase the number of repetitions. Increase the time you hold this position by five seconds every week.

 

 

 

 

 

 


When to see your doctor
If the pain or swelling increase in spite of rest or if
the calf is hot to touch and very red and is tender see your doctor immediately.
If you have continual problems with loss of function or pain, swelling, or if your injury is not improving at a reasonable rate see your doctor.
It is safe to return to your normal activity when you have full strength, range of movement and can walk quickly without swelling or pain

This site is authored By

Roy Watkins BSc LicAc MBAC

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