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OVERVIEW

Gastrocnemius/Calf Muscle Strain

This injury is often caused by running fast. A muscle strain causes tenderness or a bulge, which is more common in the inner portion of the leg. Walking, climbing stairs or elevating the affected leg’s heel off the ground can worsen the pain.

GOALS

Possible Treatment Goals

  • Improve Balance
  • Improve ability to bear weight/stand on the leg(s)
  • Decrease Risk of Reoccurrence
  • Improve Function
  • Improve Muscle Strength and Power
  • Improve Proprioception
  • Improve Range of Motion
  • Improve Tolerance for Prolonged Activities