Sports injury to my calf question
I have been fencing for 2 years and stretch before class or competitions. About a month ago, I lunged and felt something tear in my left calf. I had to stop fencing because of the pain and we immediately put ice on it. I had my husband massage it for the next few days, but it was excruciating. After a couple days, it felt pretty good, but I had a hard time walking. If I shortened my stride it didn't hurt too bad.
The following week, my leg felt great, so I went back to fencing and lunged, and again, something felt like it tore in the same leg. We repeated the above senario and I took a week off of fencing. The next week, I took it easy and wouldn't lunge, but my muscle got really tight. As soon as it did, I immediately stopped fencing again.
At home, I was doing some stretches and pulled the calf muscle in my right leg. I didnt' have the tearing sensation this time, though. It just got really tight like a pulled muscle.
My question is, does anyone know what I might have done to my leg? Am I going to do more harm to it if I continue or should I take some time off (I don't really want to)? My coach suggests that I wear ankle supports because he is afraid that I will pull my achilles. Will that really help? My legs feel terrific right now. You would never know that I was in alot of pain recently. I want to get back into fencing twice a week, but don't want to be out permanantly! Any suggestions or advice would really help.
I have thought about seeing a Dr, but my legs don't hurt right now.