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A combination of rest, ice, compression and elevation is often sufficient to soothe a mild calf muscle ache. Rest your leg taking care to avoid placing too much weight on it and over-exerting yourself. Wrap an ice pack in a cloth or towel, then apply it to the painful area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you experience swelling in the area, cover it with an elastic sleeve or bandage. Elevating your leg above heart level also reduces inflammation and soreness.Gently massaging your sore muscle with topical arnica cream provides a warming sensation and fast relief. This medicinal herb is renowned for its analgesic
and anti-inflammatory properties. Wash your hands after applying the cream to avoid getting it in your eyes. You can find arnica creams and ointments
at health food stores and natural healing centers.
Gentle stretching helps to ease away calf muscle pain
without causing further damage. Start by placing your hands on a wall and standing with your left leg outstretched behind you. Your right leg needs to be bent at the knee and positioned approximately 1 foot in front of the left. With your hands still flat against the wall, dip your body slightly downward, and hold that position for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat until you feel relief.