Calf Strain

What is a Calf Strain

There are two main muscles that make up your calf, the larger gastrocnemius and the deeper muscle known as the soleus. Both are very important in all running and jumping movements, being the main muscle group that propels the body forward. Calf strains can occur in both explosive movements where you may feel a distinct ‘ping’ or after a build-up of stress over time. 

Symptoms

The main symptoms for a calf strain is pain and tenderness on the back of your lower leg, other symptoms include: 

  • A feeling of weakness or tightness in the lower leg
  • Difficulty walking or jogging
  • Difficulty coming onto your tippy-toes 

Treatment

If you suspect you have strained a calf muscle, applying ice, using a compression bandage and elevating the area can reduce your pain levels. However, movement as you can tolerate is the key – especially in the early stages of injury! 

Treatment in our clinic will largely depend on your impairments and what we need to get you back doing! Usually a combination of hands-on therapy and a progressive strength training program will be the main focus of your recovery. 

If you are an athlete who plays a sport involving running, jumping and landing you will be exposed to plyometric based exercises. These types of exercises mimic the demands of your sport and will ensure you are back playing at your highest performance.