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Q. I keep on getting calf strain. Whenever I get it, I don't run at all for two or three weeks. Last time, I had about six weeks off running, but it came back again almost immediately. I’ve got orthotics. - Sheila Wilson
A. A recurrent calf strain like this has an underlying issue for sure. You need to find the reason this calf keeps giving up on you. Perhaps your current trainer support level is not enough? Perhaps you are running too far too soon? What rehab have you done between injuries, a weak calf won't become stronger with rest so if this is all you have done then your calf will continue to break down faster and faster each time you return. Try to stretch and strengthen the area, basic calf and soles stretches (the deeper calf muscle) will help with the range of movement around the ankle, but doing some eccentric calf exercises will really help. For example stand on your tip toes on your bottom step, take the good foot off and then slowly (6-10 seconds) lower your heel all the wary down as far as it will go, put the good foot back on and use this to push you back up onto your tip toes and then repeat 15 times X 3 (rest 1-2 min between).
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