Incredible advice. I've almost lost count of how many times I've pulled my left calf in the last 11 months. 5 that I recall. 4-6 weeks out with each. Coming back too early and not easing back really hurt me.
This last recovery I walked 1.5 to 2 miles every other day once pain subsided. Would jog just a bit at the end. Ice after. Also went to Home Depot and got a 4" PVC to roll on and really get into the muscle. Same trip I bought a board that I lean against the couch back and stand on, lean into, toe raise, etc.
To add to Posture Guy, I would advise everyone to stay well hydrated. Dehydration was probably a factor in some of my pulls as they occurred a few miles into a run, late 2nd set, etc.
PG: Can you expand on the heat/ice advice? What stage? One directly after the other?