Well the good news is that the calf responded really well to the RICE treatment and it’s definitely only a grade 1 strain. I’m hoping my decision to stop my run when I felt the strain developing will mean I have limited the damage. The bad news, if you could call it that, is the swelling around the area seems to have impinged on my nerve, leaving my foot numb around the outside of my ankle and along the outer edge of my foot, but this has improved during the day.
Today I kept my calf-guard on all day to provide some compression and support and keep the blood flow up, which seems to have helped. I mean, I couldn’t exactly walk around the office with an ice pack strapped on, could I!
Tonight at home I’ll do so light stretching to assess how it feels. Given that my nerve is still impinged I figure there must still be some swelling so I’m going to continue the RICE treatment until tomorrow at least. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to swap over to heat treatment and start massage and stretching. All things being well I’ll be able to start light exercises on my calf in a few days and hopefully a light jog on the weekend.
Happy running everyone!
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