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Possible pulled calf muscle

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Possible pulled calf muscle

I recently went for a bike ride and while accelerating from a stop, my chain came loose and I nailed the bottom of my calf on the pedal. It hurt, of course, but I continued my ride without anything really out of the ordinary other than the pain. I even went for a run on the rubber track afterwards.

After I got home I noticed this thing was way out of whack. It's like I tore something loose that was holding my calf muscle to my lower leg. All the Googling I've done hasn't really given me the information I need. I can stand on my tip toes fine and walk, go up stairs, run etc without much pain. However, when I do a flat footed calf stretch while standing up, I can only go about 15 degrees forward compared to something like 45 degrees on my other leg. I'll see if I can get some images posted on an image sharing site.

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Old 06-20-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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Re: Possible pulled calf muscle

It's probably bruised and swollen inside, which is why it isn't stretching properly, or it might be slightly pulled. Either way the treatment is the same:

Put some ice on it, take a break from the sports for a couple days, don't do anything strenuous or painful with that leg, and see if it improves. If it doesn't, get it checked out.

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