Hi everyone. I'm at my wits end Googling around and you kind folk seem to be the most helpful around. Here's a bit of background:
About 5 days ago, I was playing sports when I felt a pop in my calf, almost as if someone hit me with a paintball gun or a big rock. I fell to the ground and couldn't walk.
Fast forward, I still can't walk on my injured leg. I can put a little pressure on it without any pain, but flexing my calf muscle is a sharp and intense pain. I can kind of shuffle if I turn my leg sideways. I've been icing it, keeping it elevated and taking NSAIDs but I don't seem to be making any progress.
There isn't any bruising but my entire leg seems to be swollen from my calf down to my foot. The skin is very tight around my calf and it is very sensitive to the touch. It's not hot but rather colder than usual. I am not able to flex my foot upwards but downwards is fine. I've been using crutches for these past few days.
Is this typical for a calf muscle tear? I'm starting to get worried that it's been a week and I can't walk; I see a lot of mentions of not walking normally, but I can't walk on it period. Could anyone who has experience something similar give me a bit of guidance on how long it took before you could kind of walk on your leg?
Sounds like a tear of the muscle that pulls the foot up, the soleus. It's smaller than gastrocnemius, the main calf muscle, but it's still big and important.
I'd say you should get it examined by an orthopedic surgeon, and the sooner the better. If it is completely torn, it must be surgically repaired. If it's only partially torn, (grade 2 or 3 muscle pull) it might heal on its own, though it could take a while.
One more thing that you can try: Wrap the whole area firmly in a 6-inch wide ace bandage to press out the swelling. If it's that swollen, the injury isn't even getting enough circulation to start healing well.
Greetings Soritong! Welcome to the General Healthboards, my sympathies. I hope the needed comfort is found. I might try ice for two days and then followed by heat and rest. A physiatrist (sports doctor) might also be visited for consultation if desired. Of course everyone makes their own health care decisions. Peace, sjb
Last edited by sjb; 08-16-2012 at 08:39 AM.
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