Tight calves and achillies tendinitis

Tight calves and achillies tendinitis

Post by ssanto0 » Wed, 25 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Lately, I've been suffering from sore lower calves.  I went to the doctor
and he said that I had achillies tendinitis and I should take a week or two
off of running to let it heal.  It had been about a week it still ached
sometimes then went away (VERY slight soreness for about 15 secs, I could
barely feel it).  Anyway, I was reading this book about running injures and
it said that achillies tendinitis can result from tight calves.  The calves
aren't doing the stretching when you're running so it stretches the
achillies.  Makes sense to me. Since then I've been stretching my calves
about 5 times per day and the pain has ceased.  I was just wondering if
there was anything that I could do to keep my calves loose.  They seem to
get awefully tight now and again for no apparent reason.

Any help??

-- Salvador Santolucito III

 
 
 

Tight calves and achillies tendinitis

Post by Come » Thu, 26 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>I was just wondering if
>there was anything that I could do to keep my calves loose.

================================
I use "The Stick". It's sort of like your kitchen rolling pin. Ozzie Gontang,
who posts a lot to this list, has a lot to say on this subject.

regards
Paul

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Tight calves and achillies tendinitis

Post by Ozzie Gonta » Fri, 27 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> >I was just wondering if
> >there was anything that I could do to keep my calves loose.
> ================================
> I use "The Stick". It's sort of like your kitchen rolling pin. Ozzie Gontang,
> who posts a lot to this list, has a lot to say on this subject.

> regards
> Paul

The "Stick" does a good job in rolling out the calves.  Check out "Problem
is the Calves Not the Achilles Tendon:  
http://www.mindfulness.com/mind/of1.html

The picture show you how to use what's available along your running route
to massage out the calves.

--
In health and on the run,
Ozzie Gontang
Maintainer - rec.running FAQ
Director, San Diego Marathon Clinic, est. 1975
(Mindful Running) http://www.mindfulness.com

 
 
 

Tight calves and achillies tendinitis

Post by Bernie Steininge » Sat, 28 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Make sure to stretch after running as this is very important.
 
 
 

Tight calves and achillies tendinitis

Post by EDGO8 » Sun, 29 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>Make sure to stretch after running as this is very important.

Stretching is important. If they get really bad put some heel lifts in your
shoes to relieve the stress on the calves. I used them for sore calves a couple
of years ago. A clerk in a running store recommended them to me for this
problem and they worked.

Ed

 
 
 

Tight calves and achillies tendinitis

Post by Becky Jaxo » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> >Make sure to stretch after running as this is very important.

> Stretching is important. If they get really bad put some heel lifts in your
> shoes to relieve the stress on the calves. I used them for sore calves a couple
> of years ago. A clerk in a running store recommended them to me for this
> problem and they worked.

> Ed

The way you stretch makes a big difference though.  A podiatrist taught me to stretch by
putting the sole of my foot against a wall and pushing my leg closer and closer to the
wall.  That is what CAUSED my achilles tendonitis.  After that, I had to be careful not to
stretch too much for months and months, because even the normal method of stretching the
calf kept re-injuring the tendon.

Becky