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The calf muscles are made up of two muscles. The gastrocnemius is the bigger muscle and is noticeable on the leg’s back side. While, the soleus is a broader as well as smaller muscle lower down the leg, which is mostly under the gastrocnemius. Each has a lateral head as well as medial head – two halves. Both attach around the heel as well as to the back side of the knee via the Achilles tendon. Both the muscles are responsible for extending the foot as in the push-off level of running.


The calf muscles could be torn, pulled, or experience cramping due to extreme stretching or overuse. Abrupt acceleration or changes in direction can often be the culprit. Calf injuries are much more common in men than in women, especially among middle-aged athletes. They most always take place severely, or at once due to powerful as well as sudden speeding up. Unfortunately, once one has got a calf tear, then that individual is more likely to have a new one in the near future.

The resulting ache as well as stiffness can be painful, sometimes severe. Often a loud pop is heard and the individual reports feeling like they were hit by a bullet in the leg or were hit with a stick. More often than not the pain radiates to the feet as well as to the knee, from the place where the muscles begins as well as finishes. In such situations, swelling is normal, but should be taken very seriously, if severe.

Everyone will recover from these kinds of injuries with a different rate, but using KT Tape will help speed up the process, relax the muscles, and then relieve the associated pain. Compression, rest as well as ice will also be valuable treatments. Severe conditions such as a compartment syndromes or DVT (blood clot) could be the cause of pain. If there is any doubt, please seek professional medical care. Be very careful with NSAIDs as they may cause more internal bleeding as well as a great threat for DVT movement due to their results of blood thinning.

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