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Calf Tear

What is a Calf Tear?

A calf tear is a type of muscle injury that occurs in the calf muscles which are located in the back of the lower leg. It usually happens when the calf muscles are suddenly stretched beyond their limits or when they are subjected to excessive force or repetitive use. Calf tears can range from a partial tear to a complete rupture of the muscle fibres.


  • Activities/sports involving sudden stops or changes in direction
  • Running on uneven surfaces
  • Inadequate warm up before running, sports or exercise
  • Previous calf strains
  • Tight calf muscles

Symptoms of Calf Tears

  • Sudden shapr pain in the calf
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Visible muscle deformity (indentation)
  • Difficulty walking or standing on affected leg

How My Physio My Health Manages Calf Tears

  • Our physiotherapists will provide advice to your current presentation regarding swelling management under the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) principles
  • A home exercise program tailored to the patient will be prescribed to improve strength and flexibility of the calf which can help prevent future injuries.
  • Manual/hands on therapy including massage and stretching can help alleviate pain and promote healing (particularly during the mid-latter stages of healing)
  • Prescription of crutches or a moon boot may be given from our physiotherapist depending on the severity of the calf tear which will allow the calf muscle to heal and rest properly
  • Our physiotherapists will provide guidance on when it is safe to return to sports/activities
John Vu

Written by John Vu

John Vu has a Bachelor Physiotherapy from UniSA having worked as a physio assistant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Sports Trainer at local soccer clubs. He enjoys collaborating with patients to help them improve their quality of life by eliminating pain, and empower them to confidently self-manage their conditions.

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