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Calf Injury

December 1st, 2011 · 28 Comments

While playing our weekly Wed night basketball, I injured my calf muscle in the same leg where I had previously ruptured my Achilles.  I wasn’t moving very fast, and the motion was similar to how I ruptured my Achilles.  I was moving slowly backwards and then shifted my momentum forward.  I then heard and felt a faint pop in my calf, and the first thing that went though my head was “crap..”.

I limped off the court and felt for my achilles.. and it was still there so I am hoping I didn’t do more damage than tearing my calf muscle.

I drove home and did a quick Google search for torn calf muscle, and it seems like treatment is basically RICE.  I don’t think it’s bad enough that it would require surgery, and I hope I can be “limp free” in the next couple of weeks.  I’ll most likely hold off on playing basketball for a month or two.

Well, I should have seen it coming.  I haven’t been getting enough exercise due to work/life, and I haven’t been making it a priority to take care of my body.  I’ve put on some pounds and playing basketball once a week in this state is a recipe for an injury.

I am all for getting back to playing bball and tennis, but I need to be smarter about it.  I shouldn’t be out there unless I am fit enough to play without getting injured.  Well, I think I’ve yelled at myself enough.. going to bed. :)

Happy healing everyone!

Tags: achilles injury

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gabe // Dec 1, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Hi Dennis, I’m sorry to hear about your calf injury. Please don’t be too hard on yourself. Have a quick and complete recovery,

  • 2 ali // Dec 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Sorry to hear about this Dennis. Agree with Gabe, don’t be too hard on yourself. Heres to a speedy recovery for you.

  • 3 housemusic // Dec 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Oh Denis…so sorry to hear this. I hope this is a just a little bump in the road and you’ll be fine soon. Maybe it is a reminder that this injury changes you forever, and have to be careful, always…

  • 4 dennis // Dec 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    thanks everyone. I’ve decided to go see a doctor tomorrow. will post more later. :)

  • 5 subdigit // Dec 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    always good to get it checked out just in case. sorry to hear about yet another injury.

    always hard to get that work/life and fit in that exercise balance somewhere in there. time for me to roll out of my chair eventually…

  • 6 Lynell // Dec 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I’m 10 weeks post op from a full rupture today, AND 10 weeks of no real working out beyond some boring gym upper body and abs. I’m allowed to bike but only at a low resistance so it would take me hours to get a proper sweat in and who has that kind of time these days! Any tips for getting in a proper workout without facing negative consequences (i.e. my foot swelled up like an oversized sausage when I tried to go a little harder on the bike for a little longer last week) for a psycho athlete who is close to going stir crazy after not getting in any proper work outs for 11 weeks now? Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

  • 7 ryanb // Dec 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Lynell- ask your doc if it’s OK to start swimming. I found that I could swim without compromise, 100% effort, maxing my cardio, starting at around 5 weeks.

    If it’s warm enough where you are, you might try getting out in a Kayak too.

  • 8 ultidad // Dec 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I had a (probably) similar calf injury - in the middle of a day-long ultimate tournament. It completely ended my playing that day. An ortho friend told me that those injuries are usually a tear in the space between the gastroc and the soleus. It hurt like stink right away, but I recall the recovery being pretty quick and benign. Hope the same for you.

  • 9 shamrock // Feb 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Just had surgery for achilles tendon tear. Almost 2 weeks later and have a cast and crutches. Tough going, with 3 teenage boys and a hubby, it’s a big change for everyone.
    Injury happend in a boot camp class, on a jump up into the air. We all heard a bang, it was like my shoe had exploded.

  • 10 Marie // Feb 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    just make sure that hubby and those three teenage boys lookafter you!

  • 11 baarucebruce // Jul 5, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Hey Dennis,

    Your blog was the very first of many that I began reading (both on and elsewhere) and I ironically found out you were one of the first to start this great idea. I ruptured mine about a week ago and have been dreading all of the news that I’ve been getting — up until I came across this amazing community. As a young, 20-something, active male who’s been fortunate to never had any major injury, I was at a loss of spirit until I began reading all of the reassuring blogs/comments on here. I’m about an hour away from surgery and just beginning my road to recovery but I know I already owe you a HUGE thank you! Every single one of you!

  • 12 baarucebruce // Jul 5, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I did also forget to mention (I got lost in my appreciation that I totally forgot!) that I had also seen a section titled “ATR Equipment Donations” and saw that at one point (there was no date of the post) that you had a CAM boot you were donating. I don’t have health insurance — major bummer, I know — and so I found some interest in inquiring if that was still available. Shoot me an email :)

    Thanks again, and God bless!

  • 13 Gerald // Aug 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hello Dennis;

    I ruptured my left achilles(partial tear) very similar to how you did on the court on 6/14/12. My initial diagnosis was documented as a strain so I walked around on my leg until my first available appointment with a podiatrist on 7/24/12. A MRI was done on me on 7/27/12 and I was diagnosed with the rupture and partial tear of my left achilles. I’m scheduled for surgery on 8/9/12. I was informed by my surgeon that the leg operated on will always be bigger than the other. This kind of scares me. I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this and if the difference in size is so noticeable to a level of depression? Thanks

  • 14 kkirk // Sep 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Dennis,

    Sorry to hear about your calf. I tore my AT awhile back playing basketball also and didn’t realize it at first. I just created my blog at (Thanks) and I wish that I found this site four months ago when I first injured myself. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you and hope your calf heals up soon.

  • 15 dennis // Sep 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Kevin,
    Glad that you found AchillesBlog, and I hope the surgery goes smoothly. Keep us posted!
    Regarding my calf, it’s healed nicely.
    I’ve been playing basketball regularly since then, but I injured my lower back last week. I don’t think it’s serious, but I’ll have to take a week off so that it heals and I don’t reinjure myself . I think I just strained it. It’s always something.. :)

  • 16 Doug53 // Oct 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Dennis,

    As an old timer here, I have used the Amazon search on your main page for my Amazon orders. I’m curious, how much of a cut do you get for the site when I do that?

    As always, thank you for keeping up this page and helping so many people with a new and scary injury.

    Best wishes,


  • 17 hendrenville // Dec 31, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hi Dennis,
    Thanks for running this site, in the couple days since I’ve found it, I have found it very informative and enlightening.
    I have since, tryed to start my own blog through the site (wordpress). I’m not a very big tech guy and have had fun trying to figure out what I’m doing (lots of time to kill now), but when trying to set up the “marathon tracker - ATR timeline” - when I follow the steps under the “user” section, nothing regarding achilles appears.
    I think I may have messed it up? Just thought it’d be fun to track my rehab as others are doing.
    My blog is Any suggestions you can make would be great.
    Thanks and take care,


  • 18 normofthenorth // Dec 31, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Ryan, I think setting up your own blog on wordpress doesn’t exactly get you a blog here (at, which only Dennis can set up. Instructions on the main page here — basically you email Dennis and he sets up your basic “Hello World” blog, which you then fill in and make your own.
    Once you get an blog, the various widgets etc. will work.

  • 19 georgiemac // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Hi D - Hope you recover fast and don’t be hard on yourself!

  • 20 ekiaer // Apr 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm


    Although your post is from a while back, I just saw it and it rings a bell with me. For almost 15 years prior to my achilles rupture, I have had multiple incidents with calf problems similar to yours. My calves would slowly start to feel tight if I ran too much or otherwise strained my calves too much, and then it would POP. A week of alternate exercise and I could slowly resume walking and running and get back to normal within a month or so.

    The first time this happened, I went to see a doctor who couldn’t find anything wrong, but signed me up for a study as I had an abnormal firing pattern in the muscles in my back and hamstrings. After a long effort in PT for that (for free…) I was given a gait analysis and the PT immediately saw why I had calf issues - I was using my calves to move my leg forward without using the hipflexors. Hence, the calves were working twice as hard as they should.

    Since then, I have somewhat successfully managed to control the calf issues by changing my gait and making sure I control how much I run. But even so, I will feel the onset of a pop from time to time, and then need to slow down again. I had an incident a week before my achilles blew.

    So, long story short, strengthening the hip flexors and being conscious of one’s gait can help reduce the strain on the calf and Achilles. At a minimum, it’s a theory…

  • 21 Richard // May 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Bad luck Dennis - Why don’t you start a calf strain blog HAHAHA


  • 22 Ronald Lavine, D.C. // May 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I frequently treat patients with Achilles tendon problems (not complete ruptures - that’s for the surgeons, not me) and I’ve come to believe that eccentric strengthening is an important aid to recovery.

    The article on my blog gives a quick outline of the eccentric strengthening procedure.

    But I’d be interested in getting more feedback from individuals coping with Achilles tendon problems. Is this a procedure you’ve incorporated into your recovery? At what stage of healing? Are you satisfied with the results?

    I’m also interested in hearing from anyone who has switched to a forefoot landing style of running in the hopes of helping their Achilles tendon.

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    Hey Dennis,
    I must admit I am not tech savvy and have had trouble starting my page. I’m just coming out of the why did this happen phase and want to post on my blog. I need help on the preschool level. Thanks

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