Pain below calf

So I just got back into playing basketball after coming back from ACL reconstruction surgery. I've been weight training, but I'm thinking my muscles might not be ready for the pounding of the running and jumping of basketball. I played for the second time since the surgery the other day and since then, I've had a pain right below my calf. I thought I might have strained the muscle, but then i did some reading and I'm thinking I might have strained a tendon or something because the pain comes when I push off the leg. I don't want to rupture my achilles or anything cuz I do not want to wait another year to play again. Any ideas or suggestions? Anything is greatly appreciated.

Re: Pain below calf

Sachin wrote:
So I just got back into playing basketball after coming back from ACL reconstruction surgery. I've been weight training, but I'm thinking my muscles might not be ready for the pounding of the running and jumping of basketball. I played for the second time since the surgery the other day and since then, I've had a pain right below my calf. I thought I might have strained the muscle, but then i did some reading and I'm thinking I might have strained a tendon or something because the pain comes when I push off the leg. I don't want to rupture my achilles or anything cuz I do not want to wait another year to play again. Any ideas or suggestions? Anything is greatly appreciated.

Is the pain in the achilles tendon itself or in the soleus muscle (it is 'below the calf' so I assume it is not the gastrocnemius muscle of the calf)? If the pain is NOT in the achilles tendon itself, what you are experiencing is not uncommon, and is likely a tight calf muscle, namely the soleus. After your time off from surgery, not only are the lower leg muscles compromised in strength, but also your flexibility. The flexibility in the lower leg may be reduced. Ease back into the basketball and work on your flexibility. Sports massage helps too.

If your insurance will cover it, another recommendation is to return to your Sports Medicine surgeon and have your flexibility tested.