sorry I can't give you any advice as I am experiencing the same thng at the moment, which is really holding me back. Did it gradually creep up your calf or was it instantaneous? Mine seems to start on the inside of my calf and spreads, usually on my right leg.
Funnily enough, I have never suffered from calf pain and have been running from 20 years, until a ran the London Marathon in 2009 when it went after only 3 miles!
Let me know how you get on. It will be interesting to know what your physio's advice is.
I logged on to a really helpful website this weekend, which gives you tips on how to self diagnose, treat and recover, including strengthening exercises - www.sportsinjuryclinic.net
They grade the severity of an injury and possibly the following apply to us (mine is mainly no 1) -
I suppose a pull in better than a tear!
At least you have had the problem identified. One of the other injury threads on the forum also identified dehydration. There has been a bottle of water in my hand ever since!!!
I waited 5 days since my last run and have been doing some specific stretching and strengthening exercises (been getting some funny looks at work). Went for a run last night and was fine. I just made sure that did some additional stretching before and after. Normally do about 5 mins worth, but did a good 15 mins yesterday.
Just going to take it easy and reduce the time of my runs for a bit. Hope everything goes well for yourself!
When I had a pulled calf I found it really helped to hand-massage my calf myself, two or three times a day for several days, then even after it had settled down, routinely massage both calves for a few minutes every evening - no calf problems since doing this (which proves nothing, but...).
I agree with Debra about the massage. Luckily, I get my partner to do it using the instructions on the previously mentioned website - www.sportsinjuryclinic.net
It focuses on 4 types -
It doesn't recommend you do this too deep, as the untrained may cause more damaged, but it is cheaper than visiting a physio.......and sends me to sleep!
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