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I consider myself a relatively accomplished runner, and have VERY rarely had any injury issues. I am 45. Crashed on the bike and broke my left clavicle 3 days before IM Boulder this past summer, and ever since I have started running again, I am continuing to have nagging acute calf (sometimes gastrocnemius, sometimes feels more soleus) on a regular basis... i.e. shutting down a run 5-10 minutes in at times. Any thoughts from you PT/sports med people out there?

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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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Mad Calf Disease could be your issue especially if you are north of 40. A search will provide information on this all too common disorder.
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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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Which calf? Very possible you now have some imbalances and are compensating. I had a bike accident that eventually caused issues running. One shoulder didn't move the same after, changed how my opposite hip aligned. The right pt will work to get you balanced, not just work on the injury. Stand sideways with your usual posture and compare left to right sides. If one shoulder is different from the other (potentially due to the clavicle), this can affect your gait as you could be slightly angled, maybe your hip isn't quite aligned, causing you to land differently, maybe stressing the calf. You would need a really good sports pt who knows how to get spine, shoulders and hips aligned.
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Re: Help with calf issues! [Billyk24] [ In reply to ]
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Billyk24 wrote:
Mad Calf Disease could be your issue especially if you are north of 40. A search will provide information on this all too common disorder.

That was an entertaining read :) Only problem is I ran from 40-45 with zero issues... only since my crash has it been a problem!

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Re: Help with calf issues! [madonebug] [ In reply to ]
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Good thoughts, thanks :) Will look in to it!

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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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try using a roller working on calves up to lower back.
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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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I'm similar age to you, decent runner, and have had off and on calf issues for years. When they're acting up, while running my calves get tight to the point my feet fell like they're falling asleep. I've had good luck resolving the problem by doing isometric single leg calf raises. 3 sets of 25 on each leg every day for a couple of weeks seems to get me back to normal. Good luck...
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Re: Help with calf issues! [saltysaltysalty] [ In reply to ]
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I would agree with the calf raises, these did wonders for my chronic calf/achilles issues. I saw a PT years ago, he just shrugged and said ' just stand on the edge of a stair and do 3 sets of 10-12 calf raises on each leg, 3 x per week'. So simple, but completely cleared it up for me, amazing after all the time I had spent on trying to rehab vs strengthen the area! I add a weight in one hand as I get stronger over a period of time (10, 15, then 20lbs).
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Re: Help with calf issues! [TMorris] [ In reply to ]
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TMorris wrote:
I would agree with the calf raises, these did wonders for my chronic calf/achilles issues. I saw a PT years ago, he just shrugged and said ' just stand on the edge of a stair and do 3 sets of 10-12 calf raises on each leg, 3 x per week'. So simple, but completely cleared it up for me, amazing after all the time I had spent on trying to rehab vs strengthen the area! I add a weight in one hand as I get stronger over a period of time (10, 15, then 20lbs).

I like this idea. Ironically I USED to do this a lot. Will get back at it when this acute injury is healed. Thanks to all for input.

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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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boilerup wrote:
I consider myself a relatively accomplished runner, and have VERY rarely had any injury issues. I am 45. Crashed on the bike and broke my left clavicle 3 days before IM Boulder this past summer, and ever since I have started running again, I am continuing to have nagging acute calf (sometimes gastrocnemius, sometimes feels more soleus) on a regular basis... i.e. shutting down a run 5-10 minutes in at times. Any thoughts from you PT/sports med people out there?

Diagnosing run injuries is a very complex and hands on task. Nobody will know until they can examine you in depth, in person. However, I will mention this as a possibility. Generally, your upper body responds to your lower body. Arm swing generally responds to what your lower body is doing. It is a compensation to achieve balance and stability. However, sometimes upper body injuries can prevent the upper body from doing its job properly, which can result in the lower body having to compensate instead. For example, a frozen shoulder can result in lower body gait changes. I have no idea if this is the case for you though. Only an in person evaluation could determine that. If your insurance will pay for it, a visit to a physical therapist who specializes in running would be helpful. If money was no object and willing to travel, Jay Dicharry in Bend Oregon is who I would see.

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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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Look up "Calf Heart Attacks".

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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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Now you have me worried !
I'm 45 too.
I crashed off the bike in July and busted my left clavicle and a bunch of ribs. They actually found a brain tumor in the ensuing CT scan.
I am about to start running again very soon.
I suppose starting with low mileage and hip work is the way to go.
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Re: Help with calf issues! [boilerup] [ In reply to ]
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Potentially Exertional Compartment Syndrome. Sounds like you have all the ingredients and symptoms. It's worth getting it checked out anyways (although the test is extremely uncomfortable). If that's what you have and it goes un-diagnosed, it could lead to nerve damage and you'll be off the roads for 5 years (I know from experience...still recovering)
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