I have found with experience that a calf strain needs 7 to 10 days rest. Then start again with short easy runs, to see if there is any reaction from the calf. I have now started wearing compression socks, which provide some support and protection. I also now use an item called ''the stick'' to massage my legs, targetting the calves mostly. Hope you find this information uiseful.
Have you been to your GP and explained the problem,and requested to have a MRI scan done on your lower back. I was struck down with Sciatica in July this year ( I have never known pain like it ) I initially saw a chiropractor who got me moblie again and running after 12 weeks. I spoke to my GP who requested a MRI scan via a back consultant. To cut a long story short the result is I have two nerves touching the discs on L4 & L5 on my spine in the lower part of my back. Everyday now I do a range of strectching exercises , plus icing my back and leg twice a day and finally at night I apply heat on my back and leg to relax them. I also now sit with a cushion behind my back to keep my back in a straight line. I still see the chiropractor on a periodic basis for a malnipulation and massage. I am back running but keep away from running on roads.
My wife and I completed a cancer research 10K in the rain yesterday, when we got home Carol wasd her shoes in the washing machine. I must admit they came looking brand new and fresh. However by doing this does it damage the shoes in any way. Do any of you other runners do this.
My wife I completed a cancer research 10K on Sunday in very wet conditions. Carol later that day washed her running shoes in the washing machine, and I must admit they came out looking as if she just bought them. However, is there any danger of ruining the shoes in some way by doing this. Do any of you runners out there do the same thing in order to keep your shoes clean and fresh.