Calf strain is a tear in the muscle fibers of the muscle in the back of the lower leg due to a forceful contraction or overstretching of the calf muscle. It can result from physical activity without proper stretches and warmups beforehand.
Symptoms include a sharp pain in the back of the leg, a popping or snapping sound, tenderness to the touch, swelling, and discoloration.
Treatment includes rest, ice, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medication, if necessary.
- Stretch properly before and after activities.
- Do not participate in activities above your skill level.
- Progress your workouts and training gradually.
- May begin once swelling is gone
- Gentle stretching exercises
- Initially, light strengthening exercises focusing on sets and reps, not heavy weight
- Progress into more functional and sport-specific activities
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