What is a calf muscle tear?
Pain that occurs in the calf muscle on the lower part of the leg often is the result of a pulled or torn calf muscle. A calf muscle tear, often known as a pulled calf, is similar to an Achilles tendon tear or rupture. You may think you’ve just been hit in the leg and may hear a “pop”. There will be a sudden pain at the back of the calf and you will experience pain, swelling or bruising in the muscle. You will also have difficulty walking properly or standing on your toes.
What causes a calf muscle tear?
Calf muscle tears usually occur during acceleration or changes in direction. Typically occurs in “explosive” sports such as football or rugby and athletics events. Insufficient warm up periods will often lead to a calf strain. Exercise also needs to be complimented with stretching routines and a cool down period.
It’s not just sports people and athletes who may suffer from this injury. It has been known for people to tear their calf muscle by simply walking across the street.
How to treat a calf muscle tear
Following pain management with the application of ice and heat packs a program of recovery and rehabilitation should be followed. Treatment include: