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The damage to the calf muscle occurs when it isoverstretched and this often causes a tear. This is a very common condition, whichcomes in three levels. Each level will need different treatment. This tear,called strain, can recover without any medical attention, but if you treat it,the problems will disappear more quickly. For the treatment you will have toacquire some anti-inflammatory drugs, thin towel, an ice pack and somecompression bandage. Next, you will need to do is to assess the situation and howserious the strain is.

We mentioned the three levels earlier. Firstlevel is associated with micro tears, which cause pain and cramping when themuscle is stretched. Two weeks of recovery are needed. Level two brings seriouspain and some bruising. Torn fibers are the cause, and they will need at least5 weeks to recover. In level three, complete muscle is torn and moving the legcauses great pain. If you ever experience this, a medical attention is needed.Recovery will take more than 3 months.

How totreat the strained calf muscle?

We are just giving a general overview of thesituation. If you have such problems, you will need a proper and professionaldiagnose. First part of the treatment is applying ice on the soaring location.Do not put ice directly on the location. Put ice in the towel and wrap itaround your leg. This needs to be performed for several days. Never apply ice for more than 20 minutes constantly and no more than 4 times during the day. Youcan use bandages for the swelling. But be careful not to make it too tight. Somemedicines are used in the treatment. You can consume acetaminophen, which willhelp with the pain. Taking anti-inflammatory drugs is needed. You can takenaproxen or ibuprofen. During the first day of the injury, you should not moveat all. You need to be relaxed and lying down. The injured foot has to beelevated in order to reduce the swelling. After two or three days, patientsmay introduce some less strenuous activities. There is an easy way to rememberthe treatment. Remember RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression andelevation. Some exercises have to be done when pain reduces. Pulling toes downfor 10 seconds, and pulling up, which is also needed, has to be repeated from 5to 10 times per day. Some patients found compression socks to be quite a help.But if you are experiencing serious pain, we advise you to visit a doctor.

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