Can I exercise with an injured calf?
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.
How long does it take to recover from a minor calf strain?
In the less severe cases it usually takes up to three days for a pulled calf muscle to start feeling better. In the most severe cases that don’t require surgery a full recovery may take up to six weeks. In the case that the injury requires surgery the recovery period may extend up to six months to a full year.
How do you treat a recurring calf strain?
Start with ice and add gentle massage after a few days. After 7-10 days gentle stretching begins, followed by strengthening after at least 2 weeks. For fastest healing, shortest downtime, and least likelihood of a recurring injury work through this protocol with a sports rehab specialists.
What exercises can I do with a torn calf muscle?
Keeping your injured leg back and the heel on the floor, take a small step forward with your uninjured leg and then lean in towards the wall (bending your uninjured leg at the knee) until you can feel a stretch in the back of your injured calf. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 4 times. Do this several times a day.
What is the fastest way to heal a torn calf muscle?
How do you treat a calf muscle injury?
- Rest your injured leg.
- Put ice or a cold pack on the sore muscle for 10 to 20 minutes at a time to stop swelling.
- After 2 or 3 days, you can try alternating cold with heat.
- Wrap your lower leg with an elastic bandage (such as an Ace wrap) to help decrease swelling.
Do compression socks help with calf strain?
In studies where they looked at blood flow, it was shown that compression socks improved the blood flow in the calf but only when participants exercised at a very low level e.g. walked slower than 6km/hour or cycled at less than 120W.
What does a Grade 2 calf strain feel like?
Grade II calf strain: Moderate discomfort with walking, and limited ability to perform activities, such as running and jumping; may have swelling and bruising associated.
Should you massage a pulled muscle?
Massage. Therapeutic massage helps loosen tight muscles and increase blood flow to help heal damaged tissues. Applying pressure to the injured muscle tissue also helps remove excess fluid and cellular waste products. A 2012 study found that massage immediately following an injury may even speed strained muscle healing.
Why does my calf keep tearing?
It makes sense, as during activity and sport the muscles in your lower extremities receive the brunt of muscle load and contraction. A calf muscle tear can happen when pivoting to change direction or when suddenly accelerating, but can also happen at any point when casually running or jumping.
How long does a Grade 2 calf strain take to heal?
The most common injury is a grade II calf strain, which takes about six weeks for complete healing.
Should you walk on a torn calf muscle?
Moderately severe calf injuries need to be treated with a little more caution. In the early stages there will be noticeable swelling and discomfort. You will be able to walk unaided but with some difficulty and pain. Any movements that place even a small stress or load on the calf are likely to be painful.
Can you walk with a Grade 2 calf strain?
Usually minimal or no limits to activity. Grade II calf strain: Moderate discomfort with walking, and limited ability to perform activities, such as running and jumping; may have swelling and bruising associated.