Been running for about 20 years, steady slow pace, usually around 8 miles, 5 x week, including very steep hill work once per week. Several marathons, never had calf trouble before.
Recently developed calf stiffness in one leg after a run (no pain at all during) which made walking downstairs painful. I could still run with minimal pain so kept running but afterwards stiffness turned to pain, especially when downstairs. Pain is low down, mostly on outside but some in middle, 2-3 inches up from heel.
Rested for a month, no change. Doctor prescribed strong anti-inflammatories, bit better. But now 6 weeks of rest later and it still feels stiff. I (carefully) jogged for a bus yesterday and could feel it.
Can't afford physio, sadly. No pain at all during/after walking, so am walking 4 miles a day which doesnt seem to affect it, but i can still feel the tightness when i stretch my toes upwards so i daren't run yet.
Will i ever get better?! Any advice gratefully received.