How do you get it?
A calf strain, often referred to as a pulled calf muscle, is a common injury that occurs when the muscles in the calf are stretched or torn. The calf muscles are located at the back of the lower leg and play a crucial role in activities like walking, running, jumping, and standing on tiptoes. Strains can range from mild to severe. This can be caused by an accident, overuse, training error, poor biomechanics (e.g. abnormal pronation), muscle imbalance or poor flexibility. Calf strains are more common in athletes and individuals who engage in intense physical training with repeated stress on the calf muscles without adequate rest or recovery.
Symptoms of a calf strain can include feeling a sharp pain or pulling sensation in the calf, experiencing mild to intense pain, noticeable loss of strength, swelling and tenderness in the affected area. Brusing may develop, especially with more severe strains. Some patients also experience difficulty or pain while walking or bearing weight on the affected leg.
If you suspect you have a calf strain or your calf is causing you concern, you may need to book an appointment for a Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Assessment. This Assessment is a series of clinical tests to determine the underlying cause of the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. At the end of the assessment, our Podiatrist will give you a treatment plan which may include orthotics, supported by exercises, rahbilitation plan and shoe recommendations.