pain in calf

#1
i'm currently in training for army but when i run at a steady pace i keep getting pain in my calves! this happens at about the 1.5 mile stage, anyone have ant ideas? cheers
 
#2
I'd recommend getting a vet to put them down. Or perhaps we should call the RSPCA? I'm not quite sure what the law is on making animals run? They do however run bulls in Pamplova though ;)
 
#3
adam123 said:
i'm currently in training for army but when i run at a steady pace i keep getting pain in my calfs! this happens at about the 1.5 mile stage, anyone have ant ideas? cheers
you're going to die.

How bad is the pain? Is it stiffness or actual stabbing 'oh god I'm going to die' pain?
 
#4
Pain in the calf can be caused by a number of reasons.

Mine was casued by a landmine exploding in the vicinity of my left foot but I suspect that yours is caused by being a bit chubby.

Hope that helps.
 
#5
k13eod said:
Pain in the calf can be caused by a number of reasons.

Mine was casued by a landmine exploding in the vicinity of my left foot but I suspect that yours is caused by being a bit chubby.

Hope that helps.
would you recomend the AP mine weight loss programme?
 
#6
arby said:
k13eod said:
Pain in the calf can be caused by a number of reasons.

Mine was casued by a landmine exploding in the vicinity of my left foot but I suspect that yours is caused by being a bit chubby.

Hope that helps.
would you recomend the AP mine weight loss programme?
A guarenteed instant loss of 5kg ... worth every moment.
 
#7
k13eod said:
arby said:
k13eod said:
Pain in the calf can be caused by a number of reasons.

Mine was casued by a landmine exploding in the vicinity of my left foot but I suspect that yours is caused by being a bit chubby.

Hope that helps.
would you recomend the AP mine weight loss programme?
A guarenteed instant loss of 5kg ... worth every moment.
certainly quicker than atkins.
 
#8
Mr_Deputy said:
have you tried (du duh duhhhh!) ...stretching!!??
Holy dog sh!t! Stretching? Surely not something so simple...It's his calves for crying out loud!!
 
#10
isit towards your shins or on your actual calf? lots of ppl have shin splints could it be that?
 
#11
adam123 said:
i'm currently in training for army but when i run at a steady pace i keep getting pain in my calves! this happens at about the 1.5 mile stage, anyone have ant ideas? cheers
I don't think ants will help. They are very small and can be crushed by a calves hooves.
 
#13
DeeBee said:
arby said:
DeeBee said:
Mr_Deputy said:
have you tried (du duh duhhhh!) ...stretching!!??
Holy dog sh!t! Stretching? Surely not something so simple...It's his calves for crying out loud!!
you're nasty :cry:
Aww, did the ikkle girl make the big boy cry? :D
I enjoy a joke like the next person, but I do feel your reaction was just an over reaction to Mr_Ds reasonable comment. It seems unfair to attack someone you've never met, in such a vitriolic manner. And I have to say, if you do it again I will probably rape you and Mr Deputy will video it before peeing on your face and sending the tape to all your friends and family along with a sample of your bloodied and torn underwear.
 
#14
The pain can be caused by a variety of reasons.

Stretching will likely help and certainly do no harm. Be sure to stretch both the 'upper and lower calf'. Do 15 and 16 here:
http://www.physioroom.com/prevention/stretching4_16.php

By the way, you don't really want to stretch the achilles tendon, because it isn't designed to stretch. However that's not what exercise 16 really does. It stretches a muscle called the soleus, which goes underneath the main big calf muscles that you can see.

also, have a prod around. you will likely find some very tender spots. These are knots of injured muscle. They may increase tightness in your calf, as they will tend to shorten the muscle. Massage these directly. One method is to press fairly hard directly on the sore spot. This will hurt a lot, but over 30-40 seconds the pain will recede as the bodies natural pain killers and relaxants go to the point of pain.

Another very top tip is to check your running shoes suit the kind of feet you've got. Look here.
http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/news/article.asp?UAN=481


Google your model of running shoes and find out whether they're 'cushioned', 'motion control' or 'stability'. Often a change to the right shoes is all it takes.

Make sure you buy your running shoes from a real sports shop, rather than JJB sports, which to be honest is a clothes shop for chavs. A good running shop will give the kind of help that the runners world web page gives.

And if you're running in something other than running shoes, then quite simply don't.
 
#15
arby said:
DeeBee said:
arby said:
DeeBee said:
Mr_Deputy said:
have you tried (du duh duhhhh!) ...stretching!!??
Holy dog sh!t! Stretching? Surely not something so simple...It's his calves for crying out loud!!
you're nasty :cry:
Aww, did the ikkle girl make the big boy cry? :D
I enjoy a joke like the next person, but I do feel your reaction was just an over reaction to Mr_Ds reasonable comment. It seems unfair to attack someone you've never met, in such a vitriolic manner. And I have to say, if you do it again I will probably rape you and Mr Deputy will video it before peeing on your face and sending the tape to all your friends and family along with a sample of your bloodied and torn underwear.
oh dear! :eek:
 
#16
Mine is friggin knackered at the minute, caused by having plenty of aerobic fitness but no running fitness, and doing a steady 4.5 miles yesterday. Th calf is the only muscle in the body that is designed to work eccentrically - it stops your knee collapsing forward when your foot hits the ground. If the muscle can't do that it tightens up to protect itself - possibly not your problem but certainly mine.
 
#17
doesn't compartment syndrome cause similar tightening and stiffness after distance? Last case I heard of though, it was more like 15-20 miles not 1.5miles
 
#18
gobbyidiot said:
Mine is friggin knackered at the minute, caused by having plenty of aerobic fitness but no running fitness, and doing a steady 4.5 miles yesterday. Th calf is the only muscle in the body that is designed to work eccentrically - it stops your knee collapsing forward when your foot hits the ground. If the muscle can't do that it tightens up to protect itself - possibly not your problem but certainly mine.
Interesting. What's causing the disfunction?
 
#19
Compartment syndrome is actually very serious-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartment_syndrome

However, it's pretty rare for it to be serious.

See Chronic compartment syndrome under 'Treatment'. Rest, anti inflamitories (ibuprofen) are where to start. However, if you think it's this- seek medical attention.

It's caused by the muscle growing faster than the 'fascia' in which it's contained. I believe that once it's underway, it's a bit of a bastard as the inflamation tends to make it even worse.
 

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