Tennis leg (Calf strains)
Mechanism of injury
Calf strain usually occurs after a sudden change of movement during sport (e.g.
tennis), or tripping or treading awkwardly onto a step.
Symptoms and signs
Sudden pain in the calf muscle above the Achilles tendon followed by an ache and
pain on walking. Sometimes there may be significant bruising and some swelling.
- Rest: Walking about will lead to more pain and swelling.
- Ice: Helps reduce the swelling and pain. Use whatever is available
(crushed ice in a tea towel is ideal). Apply for 30 minutes every 2 hours
- Elevation: Keep your leg resting in a raised position to help get the
Expect improvement in a few days but a return to normal activity will take a
If the injury is severe and you cannot walk see your doctor urgently.
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