- If you develop sudden pain in your calf muscle during activity, it very well may be due to a torn or pulled calf muscle. This is called a calf strain, or a calf pull, and it’s a common injury, especially in athletes
- 1 What does it mean when you stretch and your calf hurts?
- 2 Why are the top of my calves tight?
- 3 Why does the back of my calf hurt when I stretch?
- 4 What is the muscle at the top of your calf?
- 5 Why are my muscles so tight even after stretching?
- 6 Why does it hurt to massage my calves?
- 7 Why are my calves so tight without exercise?
- 8 What does a calf strain feel like?
- 9 What is the plantaris tendon?
- 10 How long does a muscle strain last?
- 11 Should you massage a strained calf muscle?
- 12 How do I know if I tore my calf muscle?
- 13 How long should you rest a strained calf muscle?
What does it mean when you stretch and your calf hurts?
Muscle Strain Stretch too far or put too much pressure on your calf, and you can strain your muscle. If so, you’ll have a dull ache that worsens when you move. Swelling, redness, or a bruise are also common, and it may hurt to rise up on your toes. Rest and ice can help.
Why are the top of my calves tight?
What are the causes? Tightness or pain in the calves is often the result of overuse. Activities like running and playing sports can be hard on your calf muscles. Endurance sports are particularly tough on the body.
Why does the back of my calf hurt when I stretch?
Achilles tendonitis is caused by overuse, strain, or stress on the Achilles tendon. Common symptoms include inflammation of the tendon, pain in the back of the leg, swelling, and limited range of motion when flexing your foot. Simple home treatments like R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compress, elevate) can help.
What is the muscle at the top of your calf?
The top part of the gastrocnemius has two heads that start on the inside and the outside of the femur (thighbone). The gastrocnemius goes down the back of the leg and attaches to the Achilles tendon. Gastrocnemius strains are common because the muscle connects to two joints (the knee joint and the ankle joint).
Why are my muscles so tight even after stretching?
The most obvious reason why muscles may feel tight is because they are physically shorter than they used to be. This occurs if the muscle has been held in a shortened position for a long period of time, such as if you were in a splint or a cast for several weeks.
Why does it hurt to massage my calves?
It’s normal to feel sore after a massage. The technique carries blood and nutrients to your muscles while eliminating toxins. After stimulating muscles that you may not usually use, you might experience delayed onset muscle soreness. This is a physical response to the inflammation as your body heals.
Why are my calves so tight without exercise?
Tight calves can be caused by: Overuse – sudden start/increase in activity or change in activity. Underuse – not moving enough. Muscle wasting (atrophy) – see underuse but also common in older age. Muscle tears – these would also be acutely painful as well as tight.
What does a calf strain feel like?
A calf strain usually starts with sudden pain in the back of the lower leg. A pop, snap or tearing sensation may be felt. Occasionally, with a severe tear, it may feel like you have been shot in the back of the leg. Afterwards, the calf may swell and it will be difficult to rise up onto the toes.
What is the plantaris tendon?
The plantaris muscle is a fine rope-like tendon running next to the larger Achilles Tendon. Its function is to work with the Achilles to flex the ankle and knee joint by extending from the outside (lateral) back of the femur (allowing you to stand on your toes or point your foot).
How long does a muscle strain last?
Recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. For a mild strain, you may be able to return to normal activities within three to six weeks with basic home care. For more severe strains, recovery can take several months. In severe cases, surgical repair and physical therapy may be necessary.
Should you massage a strained calf muscle?
The No HARM Protocol should also be applied – no heat, no alcohol, no running or activity, and no massage. This will ensure decreased bleeding and swelling in the injured area.
How do I know if I tore my calf muscle?
Symptoms of a torn calf muscle can include:
- No calf strength, including being unable to balance or bear weight on the injured leg.
- Snapping or popping sensation in your calf.
- Sudden pain in the back of your lower leg, like someone kicked your calf.
- Swelling and bruising in your calf muscle.
How long should you rest a strained calf muscle?
This a partial muscle tear and requires 3 to 6 weeks of rest and recovery before you can return to full activity. Third Degree (Severe). This injury results in complete tearing of the muscle–tendon unit. A third-degree muscle strain can take many weeks or months to fully heal.