I can literally feel your pain in so many ways because I too for now have been suffering from soft tissue injuries for years now and have tried all ways of resolving the issues but with very little success.
However along with all the other good advice you have received I would say rest it as long as you can by swimming or cycling and then when it begins to feel a little bit better take baby steps to back to some sort of running.
I now wear compression leggings and try to run Chi style and whilst I cannot go far it is at least running of some description. I am lucky enough to own four bikes which I use but none of them can compensate for going for a good run. Best of luck.
Because over recent years I have become prone to soft tissue injuries I have tended to cycle rather than run but as we all know that in no way compensates for running.
But now with the onset of Winter I really do think its time to get back to doing some serious running. With that in mind I recently called into The Tristore Eastbourne and was discussing the matter with Lawrence and his advice was to get a regular sports massage because if it can lessen the chance of sustaining an injury it has to be worth the cost. That definitely seems good advice to me but now to the point of my message ; having badly torn one of my calf muscles and been advised by the hospital that it was inoperable would any form of massage be a waste of money or is it an injury which I have now had for over two years I can come back from.
I do know that I do have to become more disciplined when it comes to doing calf stretching exercises if I want to run more frequently.
I welcome any advice that anyone could offer on this matter.
josph ping Just recently after 2 years with this problem I am again tentively running again.Not far and not fast but at least running.
I am trying to use the Chi running method to avoid hill striking, I am also now wearing compression socks and will even when its shorts time( if it ever does arrive ) and I also have three pairs of support insoles but now that will be four as those you have brought look like they are definitely worth a try so thanks for posting and good luck with the injury.
I will also add that as much as I have cycled and swum its never compensated me for not been able to run.