Help, tips and advice needed!
Hi, just wanted some advice, I have only been running for around a year now (completed my 1st Half Marathon in March. However I have a reoccurring Calf injury, the 1st time it happened I had gone from running on the road to treadmill, I rested it for two weeks and felt fine, I tried another road run, didn’t get very far and it went again. I went to see a physiotherapist, he gave me some tips and advice. I rested for two weeks, it was fine for a while.
In February I was training for half Marathon and it went again (two weeks before) I went back to Physiotherapist and he gave me some stretches to do 3 times a day, it got me through half Marathon, but it was painful also.
About 3 weeks ago I was running and started to build up my speed, yep it went again! This time it felt worse, I have not been for a run since and went for a sports massage last week; I took some of his advice and am hoping to try a run this weekend.
I am stretching before and after, what am I doing wrong and how can I prevent this happening again, I hate the fact it takes me out of running and is almost a fear each time I run. This is getting really frustrating!
I am doing various stretches, not sure of all names, but usual calf stretch. (one leg back with heal to floor and other bent) I am also standing to tip toe, holding then releasing, I do this on both feet and then on either foot. I bend down, touch my toes and then stretch my back, by sort of arching it. I lean against wall (side, shoulder against wall) feet out further together and legs straight, then bend my hip into wall (Phsyio showed me these). I also do the usual upper leg and shoulder stretches, sorry not sure of the name of them all, hope this makes sense.
When I saw Physio 1st time he just did a calf massage, 2nd time he did a back and calf massage.
I have never had running gait analysed no been assessed for trainers.
I did not have any lower back problems, but lately it does slightly niggle but nothing that is too uncomfortable. I have been more aware of this pain since I saw Physio.
Sorry for ignorance but what does having running gait analysed involve?
Thanks for response, some useful things I need to be aware of, I really want to avoid this reoccurring as much as possible, as it is preventing me progressing. As much as I am aware I have gone back running too soon, I am now willing to do what it takes to get it right, even if that means a longer break from running (as much as I don’t like the idea of that!)
I do feel that there is something about my posture as I have also had heel pain on and off. So maybe the running gait analysis is worth looking into further.
I have looked into the Eccentric calf rehab and will start that also, I will definitely do the hop test before getting out there and attempting a run.
Thanks for info
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