How Did You Strain Your Calf Muscle?
Playing softball, I was rounding 2nd base heading for third when I heard a pop in my left calf and was not able to put any weight on it. I hobbled back to 2nd and hopped off the field on my right leg.
Describe Your Calf Strain Rehab Experience
I did not go to the doctor for the pull, as I am fairly certain they would tell me everything that I already know. I iced and elevated as soon as I got home and thankfully I was on vacation all week so I could keep it elevated and iced. I was already taking meloxicam for some knee issues so I have continued on that as well as alternating with Tylenol.
I wrapped my leg in an Ace bandage, which made it feel better. I think the compression helped.
I am now about 2 weeks out from my injury and my leg feels much better. I am able to walk almost normally on it but it still feels very tight. I can't push off. Now that the pain has subsided so much, I am able to use therapy bands to stretch and do some resistance training.
My biggest comcern at this point is my ankle. Alot of the blood (even though I had it elevated for almost a full week) has drained into the inside of my ankle and it is swollen and bruised pretty bad. It is hard to wear shoes on it. Still working on ice and elevating it.
- My bruising was awful after about 4 days, very colorful and all the way down the back of my leg
- In the morning the pain was worse than any other time, walking was a challenge when I would first get up
- Ice as much as you can
- As the pain weakens, try and stretch it as much as you can bear. Get therapy band and work for mobility
How Long Did It Take to Heal?
It has been almost 2 weeks and I am able to walk almost normally. I believe I will be back on the field in 2 weeks. I am taking a full month off from anything athletic.