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Old 08-21-2006, 01:42 AM   #1
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Question Calf Muscle Question

I haven't truly "pulled" a muscle in years (if ever), so I'm wondering if this sounds similar to anyone's personal experience. I play soccer, and had a feeling of tightness deep in the muscle, just below the "big" calf muscle. (About halfway down the calf) This went on for most of the soccer season, and I found myself trying to stretch it out without success. At that point, there was no pain, just a sensation that I needed to stretch. Suddenly one day, it became very painful in that area when all my weight was shifted to that leg. If I walked only on the ball of my foot, it didn't hurt. But running or walking normally caused pain. It will disappear completely for various time periods, and pop up again without provacation. High heat, such as a hot bath, makes it feel much better for a very short time. I wrapped it tightly with an Ace bandage during my last game, and it nearly kept it pain free. As soon as the wrap was off, the pain returned. I cycle through various levels of discomfort at random. Does this fit the description of a simple "pull", or does it sound like a possible tear? Any info in general would be greatly appreciated.

 
Old 08-21-2006, 02:26 PM   #2
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Re: Calf Muscle Question

While heat may make it feel better, Id recommend ice to reduce inflammation. Heat may be making it worse.
How long has it been hurting? If it's been more than a week (while keeping off it) and is sensitive to the touch then you may have a real tear. A pull or strain should start to heal within a week or two - although it may take 6 to 8 weeks to be close to 100% again, depending on the severity. That you say that when you wrap it, you can actually manage a whole game makes me thing it's probably just a strain - but that's just a marginally educated guess.
If you're really concerned, you might talk to your doc. You definitely don't want to make it worse.
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