A violent strain can cause injury to the calf muscles or the Achilles tendon. This can happen during a strong contraction of the muscle, as when running or sprinting. Landing on the ground after a jump can force the foot upward, also causing injury. The strain can affect different portions of the calf muscles or Achilles tendon. Chronic overuse may contribute to changes in the Achilles tendon as well, leading to degeneration and thickening of the tendon. Achilles tendonitis usually occurs further up the leg, just above the heel bone itself. The Achilles tendon in this area may be noticeably thickened and tender to the touch. Pain is present with walking, especially when pushing off on the toes. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for the pain associated with calf muscle sprain or Achilles tendonitis. Acupuncture can also expedite the healing of the injury by sending more blood and energy to the region via the stimulation of the acupuncture meridians that traverse the leg, ankle and food.
Acupuncture treatments will also reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with tendonitis and muscle strain.