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#1 Wildcat

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:24 PM

I was playing flag football today and went to make a cut. I heard and felt a pop in my calf and immedaitely went down. It felt like someone hit my calf muscle with a hammer. Everything I read says I either tore my Achilles or calf muscle. I can't put any pressure on my foot at all, but I can move my foot up and down somewhat so I think if it was a complete Achilles tear, I wouldn't be able to do this. I am on crutches and am going to the Dr. tomorrow.

Anyone ever have this injury? What was the pronosis?



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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:38 PM

Calf muscle tear is about 2 months of rest assuming it's not just a micro-tear. Depends how bad it is and what kind of healer you are.
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:41 PM

Did the same thing playing basketball. I thought someone kicked me in the back of my calf, which ended up being torn. Lots of ice for a few weeks, able to walk on the treadmill after 3 weeks and back running at 6 weeks. I have heavy scar tissue from it and it still gets sore from time to time.


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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:41 PM

I was playing flag football today and went to make a cut. I heard and felt a pop in my calf and immedaitely went down. It felt like someone hit my calf muscle with a hammer. Everything I read says I either tore my Achilles or calf muscle. I can't put any pressure on my foot at all, but I can move my foot up and down somewhat so I think if it was a complete Achilles tear, I wouldn't be able to do this. I am on crutches and am going to the Dr. tomorrow.

Anyone ever have this injury? What was the pronosis?

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About the injury - any reason you didn't go to the doc, like, as soon as you realized you pretty much couldn't walk?

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:43 PM

I didn't go to the doc because it happened today and I didn't think it was necessary to go to the emergency room. I figured all they would do was tell me to do the RICE treatment which I have been doing. I doubt they would have done anything else.

Thanks for the feedback. I figured it is an injury that will last me for a long time and never completely heal. :confused:

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:47 PM

I didn't go to the doc because it happened today and I didn't think it was necessary to go to the emergency room. I figured all they would do was tell me to do the RICE treatment which I have been doing. I doubt they would have done anything else.Thanks for the feedback. I figured it is an injury that will last me for a long time and never completely heal. :wall:

Not to make you feel worse, but I tore up my knee playing football. Going for my 3rd scope (already had the ACL reconstruced too!) this Friday. I originallyhurt seven years ago. :mellow: Hope your injury heals quicker! :confused:

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:51 PM

I didn't go to the doc because it happened today and I didn't think it was necessary to go to the emergency room. I figured all they would do was tell me to do the RICE treatment which I have been doing. I doubt they would have done anything else.Thanks for the feedback. I figured it is an injury that will last me for a long time and never completely heal. :confused:

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:51 PM

I bet it's the Achilles Tendon. I've been around 2 guys on the basketball court when they experienced the same thing you did. Theirs were complete tears, and basically the tendon rolls up behind the calf.

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 06:13 PM

If you're walking around on it, it's likely not an achilles.

I did nearly the exact same thing as you. Playing touch football and I gave a good push to take off from the line to run my route. Didn't sound as much like a pop as it did like a crunching/tearing sound. Thought it was an achilles, ended up being a torn calf muscle. Doc told me to walk on it but RICE it when I was stationary. Things were back to new in about 2-3 weeks and I haven't had trouble since.

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 06:21 PM

If you're walking around on it, it's likely not an achilles.I did nearly the exact same thing as you. Playing touch football and I gave a good push to take off from the line to run my route. Didn't sound as much like a pop as it did like a crunching/tearing sound. Thought it was an achilles, ended up being a torn calf muscle. Doc told me to walk on it but RICE it when I was stationary. Things were back to new in about 2-3 weeks and I haven't had trouble since.Good luck.

I tore my achilles last spring. Continued to play through the pain into the summer time. Finally the pain became so bad that I couldn't run anymore. I had split my achilles and tore my plantar fascia. Point being - you can keep going through most anything.I hope it's not the achilles - the pain from this has been horrible. I'm still not running well.

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 08:44 PM

Had the same thing happen to me, I was on vacation with my family, and my siblings family's and the night before we were going to come home all the kids wanted to play the grown ups in a game of kickball :confused:. I was playing outfield and made a quick break on a ball and I fell to the ground in heap, about the worst pain I've ever felt, and I thought another family member (not playing) threw a softball or something at my calf. Nobody did. My BIL (an ex HS football coach) looked at it and did some things
and ruled out the achilles. It turned out to be a calf strain and I was off it for a good two weeks of so.
Rest and plenty of ice is the only thing you can really do. Hurt like a SOB though.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:22 AM

Tore my achillies 4 years ago. I was playing wally ball, and on the last point I heard a loud POP. Took me 20 min to get to my feet, took what seem for ever to drive home, the whole tim eI felt like I was going to vomit. To make a long story short, I had no ins. at the time, and had to get around on it for 4 months. Finally when able went to the DR, and I had a 75% tear. The Dr asked when did this happen? I said 3 weeks ago. He said your one HELL of a MAN. (Damn what would he call me if he knew it was 4 months ago????? Anyways after 10 months or so I returned to refereeing hockey!!!! And have no problems what so ever. And I didn't have any surgey.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:37 AM


If you're walking around on it, it's likely not an achilles.I did nearly the exact same thing as you. Playing touch football and I gave a good push to take off from the line to run my route. Didn't sound as much like a pop as it did like a crunching/tearing sound. Thought it was an achilles, ended up being a torn calf muscle. Doc told me to walk on it but RICE it when I was stationary. Things were back to new in about 2-3 weeks and I haven't had trouble since.Good luck.

I tore my achilles last spring. Continued to play through the pain into the summer time. Finally the pain became so bad that I couldn't run anymore. I had split my achilles and tore my plantar fascia. Point being - you can keep going through most anything.I hope it's not the achilles - the pain from this has been horrible. I'm still not running well.

Wow. I thought once you blew your achilles out, you were done until it healed.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 08:24 AM

Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 08:28 AM

Sounds familiar. Left my 1 yo son in a shopping cart, and turned my back to load the groceries into the trunk. Turned around, and the cart was rolling towards the street (no "bad dad" comments, please). I sprang into action (all 270 lbs of me), and felt the same pop in my right calf. Got to the cart in time, but was limping badly for a few weeks. It's OK now.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 09:38 AM

Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

I was going to add that it could be a ruptured calf muscle, ruptured/strained achilles or a combo. Can you feel a small gap between your tendon and the calf muscle? Is there tension in the tendon?I had that familiar pop about 5 years ago. Turned out I ruptured BOTH, so the achilles did not wad up as it pulled from the calf muscle. Originally mis-diagnosed as just a calf strain. A couple weeks later, after I still couldn't put weight on it, I went to a specialist. He schedules surgery for THAT DAY. After surgery and rehab, I got back to about 80-85% which means I now have a 3.7" vertical :thumbup: I hope the diagnosis you received is correct, but watch closely to see if you regain strength in your leg as the swelling subsides. I did not and that was the telltale sign according to the specialist. Also, the repair(if the achilles is ruptured) is better done ASAP so the ends are still clean and can re-attach better to the calf muscle.Good luck and either way DO THE REHAB!!! All of it. It sucks, but you are better off in the long run.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 10:02 AM



If you're walking around on it, it's likely not an achilles.I did nearly the exact same thing as you. Playing touch football and I gave a good push to take off from the line to run my route. Didn't sound as much like a pop as it did like a crunching/tearing sound. Thought it was an achilles, ended up being a torn calf muscle. Doc told me to walk on it but RICE it when I was stationary. Things were back to new in about 2-3 weeks and I haven't had trouble since.Good luck.

I tore my achilles last spring. Continued to play through the pain into the summer time. Finally the pain became so bad that I couldn't run anymore. I had split my achilles and tore my plantar fascia. Point being - you can keep going through most anything.I hope it's not the achilles - the pain from this has been horrible. I'm still not running well.

Wow. I thought once you blew your achilles out, you were done until it healed.

If it's a complete tear, you are. You can't move your foot up or down w/out the Achilles tendon. Unfortunately, I speak from experience.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 10:12 AM


Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

I was going to add that it could be a ruptured calf muscle, ruptured/strained achilles or a combo. Can you feel a small gap between your tendon and the calf muscle? Is there tension in the tendon?I had that familiar pop about 5 years ago. Turned out I ruptured BOTH, so the achilles did not wad up as it pulled from the calf muscle. Originally mis-diagnosed as just a calf strain. A couple weeks later, after I still couldn't put weight on it, I went to a specialist. He schedules surgery for THAT DAY. After surgery and rehab, I got back to about 80-85% which means I now have a 3.7" vertical :rolleyes: I hope the diagnosis you received is correct, but watch closely to see if you regain strength in your leg as the swelling subsides. I did not and that was the telltale sign according to the specialist. Also, the repair(if the achilles is ruptured) is better done ASAP so the ends are still clean and can re-attach better to the calf muscle.Good luck and either way DO THE REHAB!!! All of it. It sucks, but you are better off in the long run.

I don't feel any gap. It feels the same as the other leg. There appears to be tension. The pain when moving my foot and standing is coming completely from the calf. There is a quarter-sized bruise between the heel and the calf muscle, but I believe that is from being stepped on by a cleat earlier but I could be wrong. I didn't know that a muscle tear would make that sort of sound. I'm not 100% confident in the diagnosis. If I still can't put pressure on it after this week, I am going to go back in.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 10:13 AM

Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

The calf muscle has lots of bands of muscle so you probably only tore a band, not the whole thing. The pop you heard and felt was that band snapping but because the calf muscle has so many you will still have limited mobility. I had the same injury playing rugby and after I rehabbed, I was able to play for a few more years with no issues. I also ran a few marathons and a few half marathons after also. You'll just have be to more careful about stretching in the future.Go to WebMD and you can see what the calf looks like without skin and it will make more sense.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 10:24 AM

Fuller had that...but the sound was more like a *ting*

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 02:49 PM

Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

try to control the swelling as much as possible. Ice massage several times a day. You could try compressing the calf area with an ace wrap.

If you can go to physical therapy, ultrasound and electrical stimulation can help out greatly. With my PT patients, I like to use ultrasound/elect stim combined to treat calf tears.

Scar tissue is your enemy. The right dosage of 'massage' or scar tissue mobilization is important to keep your muscle fibers mobile and not scarred down. A PT can help you with hands on work and teach you how to do it. The calf can be painful to mobilize.

your best self treatment right now: control swelling (ice/compress), keep your calf moving with ankle pumps/circles, normalize your walking with the right amount of weightbearing and use of crutches. Don't give up the crutches too early and limp around. You don't want to compensate and overload other areas.

hope that helps. PM me if you have more questions.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:28 PM



Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

I was going to add that it could be a ruptured calf muscle, ruptured/strained achilles or a combo. Can you feel a small gap between your tendon and the calf muscle? Is there tension in the tendon?I had that familiar pop about 5 years ago. Turned out I ruptured BOTH, so the achilles did not wad up as it pulled from the calf muscle. Originally mis-diagnosed as just a calf strain. A couple weeks later, after I still couldn't put weight on it, I went to a specialist. He schedules surgery for THAT DAY. After surgery and rehab, I got back to about 80-85% which means I now have a 3.7" vertical ;) I hope the diagnosis you received is correct, but watch closely to see if you regain strength in your leg as the swelling subsides. I did not and that was the telltale sign according to the specialist. Also, the repair(if the achilles is ruptured) is better done ASAP so the ends are still clean and can re-attach better to the calf muscle.Good luck and either way DO THE REHAB!!! All of it. It sucks, but you are better off in the long run.

I don't feel any gap. It feels the same as the other leg. There appears to be tension. The pain when moving my foot and standing is coming completely from the calf. There is a quarter-sized bruise between the heel and the calf muscle, but I believe that is from being stepped on by a cleat earlier but I could be wrong. I didn't know that a muscle tear would make that sort of sound. I'm not 100% confident in the diagnosis. If I still can't put pressure on it after this week, I am going to go back in.

If you could walk on it I'd say torn plantaris muscle. This is a muscle left over from out tree swinging days and is often cultivated for replacement muscle. It is pretty much useless other than that - so you won't miss it if you did rupture it.I did this a couple years back and it felt like someone had whacked me with a hammer. Mid calf, right about where you said. Next trip to the doc ask if that is a possibility.
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Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

I was going to add that it could be a ruptured calf muscle, ruptured/strained achilles or a combo. Can you feel a small gap between your tendon and the calf muscle? Is there tension in the tendon?I had that familiar pop about 5 years ago. Turned out I ruptured BOTH, so the achilles did not wad up as it pulled from the calf muscle. Originally mis-diagnosed as just a calf strain. A couple weeks later, after I still couldn't put weight on it, I went to a specialist. He schedules surgery for THAT DAY. After surgery and rehab, I got back to about 80-85% which means I now have a 3.7" vertical :goodposting: I hope the diagnosis you received is correct, but watch closely to see if you regain strength in your leg as the swelling subsides. I did not and that was the telltale sign according to the specialist. Also, the repair(if the achilles is ruptured) is better done ASAP so the ends are still clean and can re-attach better to the calf muscle.Good luck and either way DO THE REHAB!!! All of it. It sucks, but you are better off in the long run.

NOONAN, I'm curious about your injury. In May of 2009, I tore my calf and have not been able to rehab it after many PTs, chiropractors, etc. I can walk seemingly fine, but as soon as I try to jog or do calf raises, the lower part of the calf gets very tight and starts to hurt more and more. I can feel a small gap between the tendon and the calf muscle and I feel tension on the tendon when I try to do soleus stretches especially. It sounds a lot like something you've had. I hope you can share some more information as I'm seriously considering surgery. Thanks!

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:38 PM

So I was playing basketball today and during my 2nd game, I felt my calf pull a little. After the game, I stretched it out and played some more. In the 3rd game, I completely tore my left medial calf muscle. Almost tore my Achilles tendon. No surgery needed, but no physical activity for 4-6 weeks. This SUCKS.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:46 PM

might be a symptom of ball cancer? definitely recall seeing this one on the list of symptoms

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:18 AM

Torn calf muscle. No Achilles injury thank God. Recovery time 4-6 befoe I can start exercising on it again. Sucks to get old.

I was going to add that it could be a ruptured calf muscle, ruptured/strained achilles or a combo. Can you feel a small gap between your tendon and the calf muscle? Is there tension in the tendon? I had that familiar pop about 5 years ago. Turned out I ruptured BOTH, so the achilles did not wad up as it pulled from the calf muscle. Originally mis-diagnosed as just a calf strain. A couple weeks later, after I still couldn't put weight on it, I went to a specialist. He schedules surgery for THAT DAY. After surgery and rehab, I got back to about 80-85% which means I now have a 3.7" vertical ;) I hope the diagnosis you received is correct, but watch closely to see if you regain strength in your leg as the swelling subsides. I did not and that was the telltale sign according to the specialist. Also, the repair(if the achilles is ruptured) is better done ASAP so the ends are still clean and can re-attach better to the calf muscle. Good luck and either way DO THE REHAB!!! All of it. It sucks, but you are better off in the long run.

I don't feel any gap. It feels the same as the other leg. There appears to be tension. The pain when moving my foot and standing is coming completely from the calf. There is a quarter-sized bruise between the heel and the calf muscle, but I believe that is from being stepped on by a cleat earlier but I could be wrong. I didn't know that a muscle tear would make that sort of sound. I'm not 100% confident in the diagnosis. If I still can't put pressure on it after this week, I am going to go back in.

If you could walk on it I'd say torn plantaris muscle. This is a muscle left over from out tree swinging days and is often cultivated for replacement muscle. It is pretty much useless other than that - so you won't miss it if you did rupture it. I did this a couple years back and it felt like someone had whacked me with a hammer. Mid calf, right about where you said. Next trip to the doc ask if that is a possibility.

Yeah, I was thinking plantaris tendon, but could be the muscle too. I had the "pop" a several years ago, and just treated with rest/wrap for a few days. Last fall I had Achilles tendonitis and mentioned the old injury to my doc. He thought it sounded like a plantaris tear. Aand also said it's basically useless.
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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:59 AM

Could be an early sign of ball cancer.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 05:25 AM

It probably just has some gas. It has 4 stomachs you know . . .

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 06:10 AM

might be a symptom of ball cancer? definitely recall seeing this one on the list of symptoms

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 06:23 AM

So I was playing basketball today and during my 2nd game, I felt my calf pull a little. After the game, I stretched it out and played some more. In the 3rd game, I completely tore my left medial calf muscle. Almost tore my Achilles tendon. No surgery needed, but no physical activity for 4-6 weeks. This SUCKS.

Hey Usual21, I was the OP of this thread. It's been three years since my tear and my calf is completely healed. I've had no lingering effects of the tear. I used to be able to feel a slight indentation on the muscle where it tore, but not anymore. Just stay off of it and don't try and push yourself back. See a physical therapist. That helped for me. I was on crutches for 2 weeks, walking with a limp for a month and was back running on it in three months. You seem to have done wrong what I did wrong - stretching the muscle out after you felt it pull. I thought mine was a cramp so I stretched it out. My doc and PT told me that was probably not a good idea and probably led to the tear. Since then, if I ever feel a muscle pull, I don't stretch it out. Good luck on your rehab.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 07:52 AM

If you're walking around on it, it's likely not an achilles. I did nearly the exact same thing as you. Playing touch football and I gave a good push to take off from the line to run my route. Didn't sound as much like a pop as it did like a crunching/tearing sound. Thought it was an achilles, ended up being a torn calf muscle. Doc told me to walk on it but RICE it when I was stationary. Things were back to new in about 2-3 weeks and I haven't had trouble since. Good luck.

I tore my achilles last spring. Continued to play through the pain into the summer time. Finally the pain became so bad that I couldn't run anymore. I had split my achilles and tore my plantar fascia. Point being - you can keep going through most anything. I hope it's not the achilles - the pain from this has been horrible. I'm still not running well.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:29 AM


might be a symptom of ball cancer? definitely recall seeing this one on the list of symptoms

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