I need a diagnosis/solution. A few years back I hurt my calf - like a really bad pull or strain. It has come around now and then but it mostly didn't bother me. It's never been an issue with weights or cycling.
Now that triathlons are my goal I'm running lots more (as in I wasn't running at all before June of this year). My calf is doing its thing again. It still doesn't hurt on the bike or when doing weights.
It went bad in June. That was my first attempt at a bike and then run. I rested, taped, massaged, stretched and acupunctured it.
I started back to running late August and I was doing fine, increasing speed and time running. Last Wednesday, I took a day off and when I came back - bam! I didn't even make 10 minutes. I got my calf taped. Sunday to Tuesday I started back very slow. It seemed okay but this morning, again after taking a day off - bam! It did it again at the 10 minute mark.
The pain seems to be dead center in the main calf muscle but it radiates to my heel and knee. It starts with an uncomfortable tightness like a cramp but will become sharp stabbing if I don't stop. Then it just aches for days.
I am trying to get into physio but it's two months away and $200 for the first appointment. I would appreciate some insights/suggestions.
Wow I could have written this post myself. I started experiencing the same symptoms several years ago, and it has been a recurring problem ever since. The good news is that it hasn't stopped me from doing several IM races. The issue comes and goes, and fortunately it hasn't happened too close to a race yet. It does keep me from doing the amount of running I'd like to do in preparation for an IM though. I've learned to stop running immediately after the "bam!' (and I know exactly what you mean by that term) for about 3 weeks. Increase bike and swim to compensate and also do water running. In my case anyway, I must stop running in order for the problem to dissipate. Come back to running very slowly. And I say "dissipate" because the root problem is obviously not fixed, only at bay until the next time (usually about 6-9 months later). Oh, and I find the lighter I am, the less likely it is to happen, which may explain why it doesn't happen closer to races (when I'm at race weight).
That is my own experience. I'm not a doctor or PT, hopefully one or two will give you some more educated advice. Good luck!