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what is the best way to treat a strained calf muscle?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Rest, ice, compress: Calf swelling and pain can often be due to local trauma- either a significant strain or actual partial muscle tear. This allows for local bleeding or hematoma formation within the injured muscle. Partial tears of the gastrocnemius (medial/inside head) are common injuries that may take weeks (2-3) to resolve with rest, ice, elevation and ace wrap compression as the standard treatment.

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A 31-year-old male asked:

What is the best thing to do for a strained calf muscle?

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Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Well: If this is indeed the correct diagnosis. Rest the leg. Try not to put much pressure on it. Do not do running. Now you can alternate heat and ice and gentle. Massage this will also help you. But rest is the best

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