What To Know About Calf Support (rapid care)
What is a calf support?
A calf support is used in the prevention of injuries and also aids recovery from previous injuries. Calf supports help with conditions ranging from calf strains to minor Achilles strain and compartment syndrome.
How do calf supports work?
During strenuous exercises such as long-distance running or work that involves standing for extended periods of time, blood supply back to the heart from the legs can be slow – as the blood has to work against gravity to get back to the heart thru the veins. Because blood return slows down, the leg tends to grow weak. Calf supports work by applying pressure at the ankles and calves, thus supporting the veins as they return blood to the heart.
Are calf supports harmful?
Calf supports can be harmful when not worn properly. Calf supports can cut off circulation, chaff or bruise the legs, causing itching, redness, and irritation of the skin. Hence, individuals with delicate or sensitive skin should exercise caution when using calf supports.
Can calf supports help with torn calf muscles?
In general, it is recommended that anyone with a pulled or strained calf muscle rest to avoid further damage. Ice and heat therapy, elevation of the injured leg, and over-the-counter pain medication may also be used as your doctor recommends. Calf support and bandages help in the prevention of swelling and inflammation of the torn calf muscle.
What is a shin splint?
A shin splint is a pain along the tibia or shin bone (the large bone in front of the lower leg). Shin splint symptoms include tenderness, pain or soreness along the inner side of the tibia. Shin splints are common among military recruits and athletes who have recently intensified or changed their routines.
Can calf supports help in Sciatica?
Sciatica is a leg pain that radiates along the Sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a nerve that runs down both legs from the lower back. Sciatica is caused when a herniated disc/bone spur presses on the nerve. A back brace can help alleviate the symptoms of sciatica but should not be used as a long-term solution.