Calf strains are synonymous with running sports and activities. From running a marathon to sprinting to catch the bus all can result in strains to the calf muscle complex. The “calf muscle” usually refers to the large muscle that’s sit on the back of your shin, the gastrocnemius muscle. Technically there are three muscles that make up the calf. The gastrocnemius as mentioned before is the most prominate muscle on the back of the calf, usually accentuated in cyclists. The soleus muscle sits behind the gastrocnemius, close to the back surface of the shin bone.
A strain to the calf can result in a cramp like feeling or a tearing sensation, which can result in localised swelling and possible bruising to the area. All of which can make going up and down stairs difficult, walking up an incline and general daily activities painful.
Physiotherapy treatments for calf strains assist in settling down the pain, maintain and improve your existing movement and help you to return to the activities you love doing sooner.
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