|Side view of leg musculature.|
|Gray's||subject #129 482|
|Artery:||posterior tibial artery|
Functional activities include primarily movement in the sagittal plane, stabilization during locomotion (walking, running) and power jumping.
Calf strain (torn calf muscle)
A torn calf muscle happens when the calf muscle is pulled apart from the Achilles tendon. Severe pain is felt by the victim – you may think you've just been hit in the leg and hear a "pop." Sudden pain is felt around the leg.
This injury happens during acceleration or changes in direction. The torn calf muscle may spasm, and contract forcefully. The toes will point down. Bruises show up in the foot and ankle due to pooling of blood from internal bleeding.
This injury may take several months to heal. Do not continue the exercise if muscle is torn. See a doctor immediately after muscle is torn to get you on a rehabilitation routine.