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Pain in the calf muscle due to over straining. Chances of a torn muscle?


I have recently started a heavy training regime at the gym which involves a lot of high paced cardio and leg exercise between my weight training, i have done this for the last 2 days and after leaving the gym last night noticed a sharp pain in my calf muscle. I can walk and can also extend my leg and stand on my toes but as the calf muscle tenses i do feel a sharp pain. If i apply pressure to my calf using my hand it can be very uncomrftable and painful to touch, have a torn a muscle?
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Take ibuprofen 400 mg twice a day after meals for 2-3 days, use hot packs and light massage with relaxyl ointment.
Wait for 3 days,it should subside. Strenuous work out may be defferred for few days as you began short time ago, too much sudden exercise can sometime damage or strain unused muscles.All work outs should be gradual after some warming up with mild self exercises before using gadgets suddenly.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Pratip Mandal's  Response
Hi, your calf has some of the strongest muscles in the body, like the gastro-soleus which is used extensively by sportsmen like you. This muscles help you to lift your entire body on your toes and gives power to your leg and foot while doing cardio. Muscle also has two parts -the red elastic bulky muscle and the white strong but less elastic tendon. Tendon attaches the muscle to the bone. It is quite possible that small repeated stress to this area ( micro-injuries) and lead to accumulated disruption of the fibers ( tear) or a single overwhelming force of contraction to the tendon or muscle-tendon junction could have ruptured it.
Tendon+Muscles heal over time. To facilitate healing you must modify your training and avoid whatever causes pain, do gentle stretching to prevent the scar from contracting the muscle. If the pain doesn't go after several days do not hesitate to show an orthopedic. He will be able to correctly identify the problem and suggested remedial action. If you are working too hard you can also fracture your bone ( microfractures = stress fracture). Remember Prevention is always better than cure
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