I have something similar - did a half marathon about 8 weeks ago and then did two 8k runs, a week apart. Towards the end of both I felt like there was a ball or something in my calf. Since then I've had days when my left calf has felt really uncomfortable, especially early in the morning. On other days, when my calf hasn't hurt, I've had nervy feelings at the top of my left leg. Its really strange and has put me off getting out running because, although its not particularly painful now, I'm concerned that running will make it worse. I'm going to a physio tomorrow as it doesn't seem to be going away. Will let you know what she says.
Cheers. It does sound a lot like the same thing. Looking forward to hearing what your physio says...
could be a lot of underlying causes, so best for physio to have a look...if the pain is mild, there are calf compression socks out there, which look a bit silly, but apparently work...
I guess I'm a bit worried, since I have never really had an injury like this before. I don't think it is 'just' a pulled muscle and I'm fearful that I might make it worse...
Hey Tom. Thanks for your input.
Are there any odd symptoms with this? Not sure what you mean by odd. I guess from my point of view, I think it is strange that, applying pressure to the calf muscle doesnt hurt at all or increase the pain in any way.
Any pins and needles or numbness? A little bit. It's difficult to describe, but my whole left leg kind of feels very slightly numb and I feel random pain along my leg up to my lower back. I've had problems with sciatica in the past, so I barely notice it now.
Any redness or noticeable swelling in the calf? Not that I have noticed.
Try testing the muscle's endurance by doing repeated single leg calf raises. Right leg: Easily managed 30 reps, without any discomfort. Left leg: managed about 20, when it started to get very tight and painful.
@Nazey - not a problem. I hope Tom can help you too.
Thanks for your help Tom. I will let you know!
does one of these look like the problem you are getting?
(red areas show pain, crosses show trigger points)
having had a similar problem myself after overuse of barefoot shoes I would recommend trying alternate ice, then heat, find the trigger point and massage regularly (a tennis ball is good) stretch the calf gently on a step several times a day, and maybe give it a weeks rest from running or at least reduce the mileage. Apart from that, give it plenty of time to recover, its not a quick result, so don't overdo it. Took about 6 weeks for mine to recover and i had to go back to normal running shoes and then re-introduce the barefoot shoes slowly!
BUT, of course I am not a professional and so i should say that to take my advice with a pince of salt and that 'other treatments are available'!
Thanks Max's mum I do the stretches on a step already but will try massaging. I hope its not going to be too long as im craving a run already!
Tom, can I make the most of your physio knowledge please... your going to regret ever replying to me! haha...
right where do I start... Ive had a few knocks and bumps over the years from horse riding one fall being quite bad about 2 years ago where my horse fell and rolled over me so this may have left underlying issues.
Ive been running for about 2 years but only upping to 10k and above in the last month or so which has bought this ankle/lower calf issue up.
I had a gait analysis done before I upped my distance and was told that I overpronate quite badly and was advised to get the asics 1160 which I did. I feel supported and comfortable in these. I spend most of my life in wellies and have become aware of my gait in them after being anylised, my feet roll in really badly but its not practical to milk cows in my running shoes!!! I do walk about alot in my wellies. I wonder if this is effecting me or if im just paranoid now.
ontop of this... yes theres more!... myself and my horse saw a oesteopath after our fall and I was told my hips are out but at the time was sceptical that a click crack and crunch could straighten me out. I have been more aware of my stance now and noticed that if i stand with my feet level together or apart facing forward my right leg (the one thats hurting) bows out and bends backwards more. and when looking in a mirror i do appear to stand with my hips slightly twisted.
So my questions are... Should I see a phsio, oesteopath, orthotic specialist, podiatrist. Or is there a all in ony type person who could straighten out my OCD if nothing else!
And would I benefit from insoles in my wellies.
@Tom Goom - Right, I've been a bit busy recently, so haven't been able to post in here until now.
I have completed a couple of short runs in the last 10 days, which were fine and yesterday I managed a 10 mile run. Admittedly, I noticed the calf tighten again after about 6-7 miles, but I managed to get through it without too much discomfort. I've been trying to stretch both calves as much as possible and have started the calf raises. I read up on calf endurance and feel that you may have hit the nail on the head.
I think I will take it easy and just try and strech as much as I can. Let's hope it will improve.
Thanks for your help.
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