Calf Pain

Calf issues are usually caused by sport injuries or tripping and should settle within 6 weeks. Some other calf problems are caused by circulatory complaints.

Facts & Figures:

  • 12% of all running issues involve the calf muscles.
  • Calf muscles are the one for the most common sporting injuries.

When to get advice:

  • Pins and needles or hot burning pain usually in the back of the calf that do not improve after one week.
  • The leg does not bear weight.
  • Can’t lift heel from the floor.
  • Swelling, heat and tenderness in your calf especially if you cannot recall an injury.
  • The issues have not improved within 6 weeks.

Move or rest?

First 24 hours

  • Rest your calf but try to avoid log period of not moving.
  • Try to move your ankle and knee gently for 10/20 seconds when you are awake.

After 48 hours

  • Use your leg as much as possible.
  • When going up the stairs reduce the strain by leading with your good leg.
  • When going down the stairs reduce the strain by leading with good leg.
  • Avoid doing heavy lifting or sports until you have better movement and less discomfort.

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