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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