How long might it take?
I'm no expert, but I think there are three severities of calf strain. Grade one is a strain with minimun tearage, probably takes about two to three weeks healing.
Grade two is what I had about a year ago, a proper tear. I felt like someone had whacked me on the calf and I suddenly couldn't put any weight on it. I couldn't run on it for five weeks, after seven I was nearing full movement on it, although it was still a little stiff..
Grade three is a major tear which can require surgery and will keep you out for weeks if not months.
Sounds like you may have a grade two. Do keep up the 'RICE' and don't be tempted to run too soon, you could make it worse just when you think it's getting better.
If it helps, I found that I could ride a bike normally after just one week, thus keeping my core fitness up. Riding didn't seem to use the part of the calf that I tore. Mind you getting on and off was difficult!
Thanks. I've read about the 3 grades of calf injury, and was kinda hoping it was number 1 rather than 2.
24 hours on, I can still feel it, though I can't say it's actually painful -- just a little sensitive. I can't feel any physical bumps or similar in the calf (though admittedly I don't know what I'm looking for). I need to get to a physio ASAP I guess. In the meantime, if I am going to be off the road for a few weeks, if I'm able to keep working on my fitness in the gym, that will be a major help.
Roughly you're looking at 3 weeks healing for a grade I tear, 6-8 for grade II and 12 for grade III
Ice, compress, elevate
Keep CV conditioning going with cycling if pain-free
Get to physio for proper diagnosis
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