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There is tightness on my calf during sprint after gastrocnemius injury. Why?

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Published At May 16, 2019
Reviewed AtJune 30, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

10 to 11 days ago I had a gastrocnemius injury on my left calf. The first four days the pain was really bad but now there is no pain. I just tried to do a little sprint, run. I can feel tightness but not pain. What do you think this is?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Usually, post any sprint or run which is done all of a sudden without reconsidering it as a regular activity there might be doms (delayed onset muscle soreness) and this stays for around 4 to 5 days of time. Post that, the pain reduces in its own without any kind of medication. For now, since the pain is dropped down, do regular exercise which can help muscle stay in the active state so future pains are avoided due to doms and also do hot water fomentation for now for the calf muscle to relax.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Jay Indravadan Patel
Jay Indravadan Patel


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