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    Shanrene is offline Registered User
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    Achilles/calf pain

    I've been having some achilles tendon and calf pain for awhile now. It started during a vacation where I was doing a lot of running/sprints on hills. I can't seem to shake it. I stretch quite a bit before and after, have tried ice, Icy Hot, Ibuprofin, etc. Probably the next thing to do would be some rest, but it's so hard to take time off.

    A woman I work with spontaneously ruptured her achilles a few months ago, so I'm a bit freaked out by it! It's not super severe...only at the beginning of a run, but it seems to stretch itself out after about 5 minutes. My calf pain, on the other hand, does not go away. I'm thinking that new shoes will really take care of that, though.

    Any suggestions?
    Thank you!

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    standAPART is offline First Set
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    You need to foam roll your calves. You have muscle knots that will not go away with normal static stretching.
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    eaamberg is offline In Orientation
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    Rice

    You really need to take a few days off of this injury. Use the RICE technique, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. You should continue the motron or ib profen this is an anti inflammitory and will help with the swelling all the others will not help in this case. Ice should be placed on the injury as soon as possible. All of this should have been done as soon as the problem started to act up then it would have gone away faster. You do not have to complete take time off from running though. Try walking for a few days instead while you use RICE. Do this as soon as you get done. Also you can guy braces for your shins to help with the compression part of the rice and also while you work out to prevent the problem. Try walking on your toes and heals, also with your toes pointed in and outward. This will help stretch the muscles better than static stretching. An other thought is after the injury heals itself try lower body weight training such as calf raises to strengthen the area.

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    j0equ1nn is offline In Orientation
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    That's exactly what I had before I tore the tendon and couldn't walk on the leg at all for about a week, then had a limp for about a month. And it didn't happen when I was running, it happened when I was stretching. It was tense, pulled tight, I was pulling my leg up to stretch it, and SNAP! Excruciating pain for the next several days. Definitely take care of this and make sure you do it properly. I don't know what exactly you're supposed to do but I do know it's a terrible idea to ignore it.

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