Katie Baines - Senior Physiotherapist
The first thing to do is to get a proper diagnosis and a consultation with a physiotherapist.
If conservative measures are recommended, your physiotherapist will guide you through the recovery phases outlined below.
Phase 1: Early injury protection: pain reduction & anti-inflammatory phase
The P.R.I.C.E. principle - Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation
Phase 2: Regain full range of motion
Massage, stretches, ankle mobility
Phase 3: Restore muscle strength
Progressive exercises for the calf and other muscles (core and lower limb)
Phase 4: Restore speed, power, proprioception and agility
Customised graded exercise programme to address requirements of lifestyle/sports
Phase 5: Return to sport
Sports specific rehabilitation drills and phased/guided return to full activity
If deemed appropriate a physiotherapist can recommend or refer you for further investigations and a consultant review if necessary.
In more severe cases you may be advised to wear a walkabout boot and use crutches to rest the area and allow the muscle to heal. In some instances surgery is needed to repair the muscle tear.