"Tight" calf

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  1. during, and for a good few hours after running my right calf (never left) always feels bad, like a tight, numb/dull pain which feels worst where the calf muscle is "fattest" on my leg. I warm up thouroghly, stretch before and after physical activity and I'm relatively fit. it isn't stopping me from running or effecting my performance as far as I can tell but it isn't getting any better either. I'm due to start basic next month so I dont want to go to the doctors either..

    any tips/ideas?
     
  2. You should definitely consult a doctor, you don't want to worsen the injury during basic. Failing that, make sure you mention it during your medical exam on your first day at Raleigh.
     
  3. Sounds like it might be an imbalance, maybe your shoes or the leg length diffrence etc. A decent physio may be able to suss it out for you and rectufy the problem with some specialist insoles. With stretching, most people make the mistake of doing it equally i.e. stretch the calf 5 time on each leg, if one side is tighter then you have to stretch it more. When I train I know which side of my body is tighter and that side gets more stretching. Also some of your muscles are stronger than others (obviously) I did a calf workout last week and although I did an equal amount of work for eack leg, the left had a lot more soreness afterwards. Good luck anyway.
     
  4. Sounds about right Ling. One of my legs is a fraction longer than the other and I used to get problems with it.
    It doesnt bother me so much now for some reason, but still when I get a massage (once a month just to ease the aches and pains of phys :wink: ) the girl always tells me my right leg is far more tense than the left.

    See a doc stealth - if you do have this problem, he may suggest custom insoles to sort it out.

    Also, go to a specialist running shop and take your running shoes with you. They will check your footstrike to see if you overpronate and by checking the soles of your running shoes, can tell if your favouring one leg or if your trainers have lost there cushioning.

    Good luck
     
  5. I suffered from something similar sounding a couple of years ago. It came on during a run and felt like the beginning of a cramp. Stopped, like you do, stretched out a little bit, gave it a bit of a rub and the pain went away. Started running again pain came back only this time it felt like I had been shot. Dull ache in the calf for a day or so and you think all is well so out you go again, only for the pain to return. Turned out I had a small tear where the achilles joins the muscle deep in the calf (cant remember the technical term but it is the "something" junction). I took about a month off from running and concentrated on low impact stuff in the gym to keep in shape. Jobs a goodun and, touch wood, I havn't had any problems since.
     
  6. cheers for the advice
     
  7. Simple solution. Stop running and drink beer
    Works for me and I am in date for RNFT
     
  8. As I was scanning the Forum(S) or is it Fori, I spot a post from Fishmiester under a Sports heading, knowing him as I do I need not have worried that he was taking up marathon running, all is well with the World.
     
  9. I often have to stretch my calfs, do it many times a day,one leg at a time ,toe on edge of stairs and lower my weight onto the leg. Dont know why their so tight somtimes,maybe that is a cause of my shin splints!

    Does anyone recomend doing any leg weight sessions at the gym in order to improve muscle strenght,or is it a but pointless in terms of aiding running etc?
     
  10. Sam

    See my previous post. Your muscle tightness and shin splints may be down to your footstrike. If you are a moderate-severe overpronator, this can cause musclular fatigue, shin/knee/anke problems and as it puts stress on your legs, it can also cause tightness particularly in the calf area.

    Visit a specialist running shop, have them check your footstrike (take your current running shoes with you too) and look at buying orthoitic insoles and possibly new running shoes that are more suited to you.

    Good luck
     
  11. Cheers mate. I bought some of these the otherday http://www.yoursole.co.uk/ ,feel a little wierd,but fairly comfortable.Im going to look at visiting another running shop though,the one i went to was quite a small one tucked away and as nice as they were there,i think maybe a 2nd oppinion from a more reputable company is in order.
     

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