| | 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.