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Old 04-21-2009, 07:48 AM   #1
Lisa Gallagher
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Calf strain questions

I recently strained something in my lower leg. Between working on pose running, switching to flat running shoes, jumping rope all the time, and my regular crossfit wods, I must have overloaded the muscles back there. I took a week off so I could do a triathlon this past weekend. The pain was tolerable until the last mile of my race when my entire calf seized up and I felt sharp pains from the middle to upper part of my calf. Fortunately, I finished the race but I am in some pain now. There is no bruising or swelling so I assume its just a minor strain of some sort. It hurts to stand on my toes or push off from my toes, its tender to touch and the muscle is very stiff. I attempted to do some squats and noticed when I try to go parallel or below my range of motion is completed limited due to my calf muscle being so stiff. It feels like its going to rip if i stretch it so for the time being I am just resting, icing, compressing and elevating. So here are my questions.....

What did I strain? Why cant I squat down? Should I start massaging the sore muscle to ensure it does not heal with adhesion that limit my flexibility? Does ultrasound and other treatments offered by physical therapists really speed up recovery? What can I do to speed up the recovery process?


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Old 04-21-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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Re: Calf strain questions

Probably gastroc... why you can't squat should be pretty obvious if you're calf is tight...

But yeah, massage is VERY good... both cross friction and myofascial release. 30-60 mins per day.

Light stretching -- avoid the pain, but get the stretch.

Also, if there's no swelling then apply some heat when you can to help loosen it up and promote blood flow.
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