At last I have found somone with the same injury that has plagued me over the past year.
I too have found that when this injury re-occurs I have no pain and little discomfort when walking and going about everyday life. Only when I run is the pain quite intense.
After a visit to the physio 2 weeks ago, a week of P.R.I.C.E., and a week of gentle stretches I felt I could get out for a short run tonight. 2 miles in and the injury has appeared again.
I shall be taking PM's advice, shall re-join the gym and shall leave my running kit in the cupboard for 6 weeks or so to try and get this sorted.
The big lesson with this injury seems to be that when you feel ready to run again, DONT DO IT. Give it some more time and plenty of massage and stretches before you go out there again.
After a year of this at last I feel that I might be able to get somewhere.
I have a slighly swollen left calf. I hardly ran when on holiday as I have had some discomfort in the calf since a marathon at end of May. Intermittently it would be stiff and a bit tight and is now slightly swollen after a regular 5 mile run on Sunday. A physio in run & become shop told me to see my GP but now sure this will help. Its just on the inside of the left calf. Can anyone offer any advice? Thanks
Here is an observation from someone who has suffered for some time from lower calf problems. In my experience the cause is overuse or going too fast for too long. All of the above posts point you in the right direction. One thing they don't say is that when you are returning to active running resist the temptation to see how good the leg is - make sure your first few sessions end without a flare up. My first session was a 30 min walk with just 5 minutes of v. Slow jogging, a day off and then same again but with 10 minutes of slow jogging. I continued like this for a couple of weeks.
I can honestly say that this slow, measured approach resisting the temptation to prove the strength of the fix has been the most successful for me.
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