posted on Oct, 12 2011 @ 12:47 AM
Best advice I can give is ice it and use a heat pad (or microwave a wet towel for like 10 seconds) 2-3 times a day and stretch your calf as far as you
can but stop if/when you feel pain. If you've pulled a muscle stretching can make it worse so if there is pain don't stretch. Resting it will be the
only thing to repair a pulled muscle. Also make sure your stretching all your muscles in your legs, hips and back. This may not sound helpful but try
to have good posture. Stand up straight with your knees slightly bent, ankles flexed making no more than a 90 degree angle with your shin so that your
muscles (not your joints) hold up the force of your body. Take a few weeks to a month off of any running/exercise until you can walk normal again. If
then it doesn't go away or you really can't walk then yeah like the others say go see a real doctor. Also when you can start running again, if you
haven't already check out these bare foot shoes made by a company called vibram and look up running bear foot techniques on google. There's been a
lot of recent studies that "running shoes" aren't the best things to use to run with, and that running bear foot is actually a lot better for your
body as a whole (we weren't born with shoes on our feet). I've been running with these vibram shoes for over a year now and my whole lower body
feels great running, and i've gotten a little more arch on my feet. I've read that some people that get shin splints and cramps in their legs
started running with these shoes and those symptoms went away. But again the technique is way different than running with shoes i'd recommend
researching it but basically, when your running you want to land on the balls of your feet and then land on your heels.
I'm not a doctor or anything but I've taken classes in anatomy and physiology and can say that there are a crazy number of muscles and joints around
the foot and calf that should work together when running, walking or lifting. All your muscles in your body have muscles that counter ones movement so
if one of those muscles is stronger than it's counter your gonna pull one of them.
To summarize, ice, stretch (only without pain), take off your shoes. I hope this helps.