As a runner, you’re susceptible to a number of injuries and strains, especially in the legs. A calf strain can be the result of a variety of conditions, from mild stretching and pain to a partial tear or a torn muscle, notes Running Times magazine.
A calf strain is a tear of the muscle fibers of the muscles at the back of the lower leg and can range from mild to very severe.
Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching of the calf muscles as demonstrated in jumping activities or during quick changes of direction.
Treatment includes, rest, ice and compression during the acute stage followed by a full rehabilitation program consisting of stretching and strengthening exercises.
Your soleus muscle, also referred to as the calf muscle, is located in the back of your lower leg. A strained calf muscle occurs when there is a partial tear in the muscle fibers. Tight calf muscles, fatigue and participation in sports can increase your chances of developing a soleus strain. Strains can result from a direct blow to the calf or overusing your calf muscles. Conservative treatment usually is used in the treatment of soleus muscle strains.