This is an injury where the muscles below your knee are most affected. It is usually caused by minor wear of muscle fibers. Usually, the bulk of the tissue is not affected. Sometimes, however, in severe cases the muscle can be torn completely and the function of the muscle is lost. However this is rare.
Calf Strain SymptomsA calf strain can be easily identified by feeling a sharp pain in the back of your leg when you try to stretch it or walk. Also, tenderness and swelling can be seen in the affected area. This is a very painful condition that can make it difficult to walk. There are three types of compromised strains depending on the severity of the damage.
Types of injuries
Grade I calf strainThere is very little to no pain and almost no disability in moving the leg.
Grade II calf strainModerate discomfort and pain. Walking can still be done with this condition, although running and jumping are restricted.
Grade III calf strainThere is significant discomfort, including swear pain that makes it nearly impossible to walk. Muscle spasms swelling and significant bleeding can also occur.
Anatomy of Calf StrainsThe calf muscles run from your ankle to your knee, and the Achilles tendon links your calf muscles to you heel bone. Two major muscles make up the calf muscle:
- Two-headed gastrocnemius muscles
- The soleus muscle