I've had tightness in my right calf for a while now and I've made sure I stretch it regularly, as well as stretching after runs. On the cross-trainer on Saturday, it got more painful after using the machine in reverse mode. It felt ok after resting in the sauna and I don't remember it being unusually sore that evening. I got up early on Sunday to go for a run and found it hurt too much to walk. The pain is at the back of my calf, near the top. I tried gentle stretching exercises yesterday and wore a compression sock to sleep in but it is still just as painful today. If I stand and try to lift my toes, that hurts and if I try to completely straighten my leg, that hurts too. I'm hesitating to massage it because it is too sore even to sit with my legs crossed. I'll try ice on it when I get home from work. I'm limping a bit at the moment and feeling very frustrated !
Does this sound like "just" a pull or strain or something more severe ? I'm hoping not to need to see the physio as other half has recently been made redundant and money is very tight !