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.
If you suffered a moderate muscle pull, as it sounds like you might have, it'll take 4-6 weeks to heal fully. If I were you, I would modify your practices for the next few weeks, as in no lunging. Maybe you should practice only reversed stance for a while, so there's no risk of hyperextending your calf muscle again. (Foil in left hand and left foot forward.)
Ankle supports might help, too, by limiting your foot's ability to bend forward. If walking is comfortable and entirely pain-free, walking will probably help it heal rapidly and well.