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Facade's avatar

How do I help my pulled leg muscles heal?

Asked by Facade (22902points) August 2nd, 2010

I’m shamefully out of shape and went for a walk/jog the other day. I pulled whatever muscles go from your heel to just under the calf muscles. I get sharp pains in that area when I walk. I’m sure they’re injured and not just sore.

What should I be doing as far as treatment is concerned?

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tranquilsea's avatar

If you are having sharp pain you may want to get it checked out by a doctor. If you don’t want to go that route just rest the leg. But if it doesn’t get any better with rest you should go to a doctor.

Keysha's avatar

That is not a muscle. That is the Achilles tendon. See a doctor.

Facade's avatar

It’s not my achilles. It’s above that and below the calves…

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I usually do some stretches—as painful as they might be—and it always seems to help :)

Facade's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I have noticed that they hurt the most when I’ve been immobile for a while. Thanks =)

ninahenry's avatar

gentle massage at least once a day, try using arnica oil. very good shoes, stretching and gentle exercise- make sure you always warm up and cool down.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

The best way to heal an injured muscle is to exercise it. Ride a bicycle, keep the gears low, and work it for about half an hour a day. Ice it afterward.

chicadelplaya's avatar

Sounds like you pulled your soleus muscle (the muscle deep to the gastrocnemius). As the others said, keep moving, gentle stretching, ice, and maybe a little ibuprofen would help with the pain and swelling, if you’re having any. In the future, try to remember to stretch before you jog. :) Good luck and hope you bounce back soon!

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Take some ibuprofen or naproxen, ice it for half an hour while elevating it, then soak it in a warm bath with epsom salts.

After that, stretch.

Disc2021's avatar

Sounds like shin splints to me?

Look that over, see if that best describes the pain you’re feeling. Whatever you do, DO NOT go jogging or put your legs under rigorous stress.

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