ADDRESS

#03-07 Gleneagles Medical Centre
6 Napier Road, Singapore 258499

PHONE

+65 96584362

Calf Muscle Injury Specialist

Injury to a calf muscle can range from a strain or pull that you can treat at home to a more serious tear that may need a doctor’s care.

Treatment for a Calf Muscle Injury

Treatment may include physical therapy or surgery.

What are the Symptoms of a Calf Muscle Injury?

The symptoms depend on how badly you have injured the muscle.

If the injury is only a strain, you may feel a strong pulling in your lower leg. It may be uncomfortable. You may have a twinge of pain.

More serious muscle tears will cause very sharp pain and leave you barely able to walk.

What Causes a Calf Muscle Injury?

A calf injury is most often caused during sports where you need to push off with your foot quickly for a sudden burst of speed.

The sudden movement can stress the calf muscle, stretching it beyond its normal limits. This can happen suddenly (acute injury) or over time (overuse injury).

Preventing Calf Muscle Injuries

Most calf muscle injuries occur during sports. If you had a calf muscle problem in the past, it is especially important to try to prevent another injury. When you exercise, try to:

  • Warm up. Before any sport or intense activity, gradually warm up your body by doing 5 to 10 minutes of walking or biking.
  • Cool down and stretch. After intense activity, gradually cool down with about 5 minutes of easy jogging, walking, or biking, and 5 minutes of stretches.
  • Avoid any sport or intense activity that you are not in condition to do.

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