I had an operation called Anterior Compartment Release - basicaly I'd overdeveloped the calf muscle (from biking/running) and they had to put a little cut in the muscle sheath so there was room for the blood to be pupmed around the leg. Prior to that I had experienced the numbness in my foot initially, which then went up to my knee - I could hear my foot 'slapping' on the pavement and I had no control over it really. Not so much painful as irritating and distracting. The op has definitely helped but if I go off to fast, say a 5km without warming up properly then it still occurs - the op was in 1992!
Good luck with it guys - no suggestions really I'm afraid, unless you want to go under the knife...
I used to work in a David Lloyd club - they were the first chain of gyms to install them. Last year I was training for a marathon but had hamstrings problems - after using them every day for a week (they recommend only 3 times a week really, I think) I stretched out my hamstring and was able to run again.
I did a half marathon on Sunday, very stiff on Monday , jumped on one Monday afternoon - sat on it to massage hamstrings, and was able to run that evening without any soreness at all.
Great machines for stretching but that's about it really, in my opinion. Like you'e all saying, you've just got to do the work, not let a machine do it for you.
Hi everyone - I had to withdraw from this event last year due to hamstring injury but am looking forward to doing it this year.
How is everyone's training going? Anyone around the Kingston/Wimbledon area training for it currently? I've been a gym bunny for the last 6 months really and am now thinking that I really should apply myself to some focused training... Anyone point me in the direction of a good programme, please!!
I used to get that alot - does your entire calf go very solid and feel numb? If so it could be something called Compartment Syndrome. I had an operation in the end - they had to cut the muscle sheath in two places, as I'd over developed my calf muscle.
Generally I only get the symptoms now if I go off too hard without warming up properly. No harm's being done, it just feels painful, uncomfortable and basically you can't control that leg and I can hear it 'slapping' on the road....
Hope you all had a good run out there this morning -NN, how wsa Duchy? KP, how was the 13 miles?
Funnily enough my run was much better as I didn't go last night - legs were stronger, I just lack conditioning as I've been too much of a gym bunny. Will be doing the marathion in June on South Downs, so best concentrate on the running and not gym machines. Only thing with run, no matter which direction I was running, there was a really strong headwind, you know when it's just one of 'those' runs - I'd forgotten which way round I should run the loop in order to have a tailwind, it's always the same on the loop between two bridges along the river!!!