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Torn calf muscle ends season early

post #1 of 12
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Last Tuesday was my birthday so I took myself skiing. A mate turned up later and we enjoyed some superb spring skiing. Unfortunately late in the day I hit a submerged rock, hyperextended the right leg, then fell over the front and ripped the medial Head on my right leg. I guess a fully extended leg has very little power to release a binding.

 

The Ultrasound scan revealed a "disruption" measuring 41mm x 8mm x 8mm. 

 

I think I am looking at from 6-8 weeks to get to skiing strength, which pretty much ends this season so no more trip reports from me

 

Has anyone been throught this before? and how did the recovery go?

 

Cheers

 

Baldrick

post #2 of 12

recovery went well enough - as in skiing the next season - just keep off as much as possible so you don't keep re-aggrevating and extending your recovery time. Still notice more tightness/stiffness in that leg at times and am careful not to let it cramp up  Overall leg strength has never quite gotten back to as good as it was - but then I'm past by "best before date" anyway and suspect that probably has more to do with it.  

post #3 of 12

I ended my season the same way last April. Caught an edge, landed flat on my face, and my left calf let go before the binding did. The injury was a torn gastrocnemius. I was on crutches for a month and limping for quite a few weeks after that. I've been doing daily stretching and strengthening exercises, cycling and hill walking. Four months after the crash I feel OK, if a little tight, and I'm good to go for next winter.

Hope your recovery goes as well, or better.
 

post #4 of 12

Ditto, but I can't blame the rock because it didn't know what it was doing. I blame my doctor for not curing years of neglectbiggrin.gif

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input all. Sounds like discretion will be the better part of valour. I have figured out the name of the calf muscle may be quite apt. Gastrocnemius - derived from  -  Ghastly Rock Nemesis?

 

Cheers 

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Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post

Thanks for the input all. Sounds like discretion will be the better part of valour. I have figured out the name of the calf muscle may be quite apt. Gastrocnemius - derived from  -  Ghastly Rock Nemesis?

Cheers 

LOL at GRN!!!

Good that you can get some humor.

My torn calf muscle took six weeks out of a ski season 20 years ago.

Much easier recovery than the later severed Achilles or the fractured tibia plateau.
post #7 of 12
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LOL at GRN!!!

Good that you can get some humor.

My torn calf muscle took six weeks out of a ski season 20 years ago.

Much easier recovery than the later severed Achilles or the fractured tibia plateau.

Kneale, was the achilles on the same leg? Could the calf tear have contributed to the subsequent achilles injury? Just curious, because I still have a bit of tightness in my left calf/ankle.

post #8 of 12

I'm sorry to hear of your injury, Baldrick, I've enjoyed your trip reports. Hope you heal well. I'm off skis too for a while, but nothing quite as serious as your mishap. If it's any help, I have found that chocolate is no consolation.

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Kneale, was the achilles on the same leg? Could the calf tear have contributed to the subsequent achilles injury? Just curious, because I still have a bit of tightness in my left calf/ankle.

The Achilles WAS on the same leg as the calf tear. It was several years after the calf muscle healed up. The surgeon said there was no connection. The calf tear was high (whole lower leg turned black/blue from blood seeping out), the tendon separation was just enough above the heel bone structure that there was barely sufficient left there for the reattachment.

If you have tight Achilles tendons, it's important to stretch them routinely. I spent several years after my tendon rupture standing on a ramp for a minimum of ten minutes a day. I now use the ramp about once a week. Prior to the rupture, I used to experience Achilles area discomfort after almost any long day in the ski boots. I never get that now. The PT guy who worked on my Achilles advised that stretching be done for multiple minutes at a time, not the typical 20-30 seconds lots of folks use. The brief stretching tends to make the tendon tighter, not looser.
post #10 of 12
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I'm sorry to hear of your injury, Baldrick, I've enjoyed your trip reports. Hope you heal well. I'm off skis too for a while, but nothing quite as serious as your mishap. If it's any help, I have found that chocolate is no consolation.

Chocolate is ALWAYS consolation for ANYTHING, just not a solution :~).
post #11 of 12

Injured my calf today - not sure how bad yet.  Same as some of the other stories on this thread - hit a rock, tumbled, and had a slow release of the heel binding with a corresponding fast release of the calf muscle fibers. 

 

 

Interestingly, I could ski well and without exacerbating the pain, but could not walk worth a damn.  I didn't know how bad I had injured myself until I tried to walk.  Now I have a dose of Advil and the leg up with ice under the calf.  Also treating with a nice glass of red wine:).  Hope it is a grade one calf sprain, but I suspect that it is a grade 2 and will take a while to heal.    

 

AHHHHRGH!:D 

post #12 of 12

Nine days post-injury.  Walking is no longer painful, but the calf muscle is periodically cramping and wakes me up at night.  I saw a sports therapist and had some ultrasound tx.  The therapist felt that I had between a mild and moderate strain, and she suggested that I avoid running and AT skiing for a week or more.  When I tested the calf with my AT boots, walking uphill felt painful - so I've missed some good BC skiing.

 

Luckily skiing seems OK and is not painful.  Ski skating also feels good, but classic xc skiing aggravates the calf. 

 

Could be worse but is still frustrating.

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