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How do I help my pulled leg muscles heal?

Asked by Facade (22884points) 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? http://www.sportlink.co.uk/shin_splints.php

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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