CALF INJURIES – AND A BIT ABOUT SPINACH
CALF SPRAIN - REST OR TREAT?
Calf strains are a common issue for people of all ages.
I have seen the number of calf injuries increase over the past 5 years.
The use of flatter running shoes to mimic the more “natural barefoot” running is one reason. The recently promoted mid or forefoot landing, rather than the more typical heel strike of previous decades is another.
When these strains occur, the impacts can be dramatic. The pain is very immediate and severe with marked limitations on walking and driving.
Your ability to exercise is then also compromised.
If well managed, most strains will show great improvement in 2-4 weeks.
If not managed properly or simply “rested” without appropriate rehabilitation, the pain can last for several months. This would mean a largely increased chance of further strains or tearing.
If you sustain a calf injury and the symptoms are not significantly better within 2 weeks, seek advice and appropriate management from a physiotherapist.