If you’ve recently torn your calf muscle or hamstring, be aware that the danger period for re-tearing is between two and three weeks after the tear.

The reason for this is that the pain and difficulty in walking has settled to the point where, occasionally, people forget that they’re injured, and then when trying to put on a burst of speed (ie crossing a road or trying to catch a bus) they are suddenly and painfully reminded of it.

Continuing to wear a tubular compression bandage through this period will not only help minimise the swelling that can continue to develop over the course of a day, but also the feeling against your skin can act as a reminder that you are still not fully healed.