Calf-Soleus pain

Calf-Soleus pain

Post by Robert Michie » Tue, 24 Apr 2007 10:20:36


I developed sudden onset of pain in my left lower posterolateral calf 3 days
ago.  I was told that it was a soleus strain, and was advised to use ice,
stretches, and massage, and to avoid running for several days.  I tried
running again today on a soft flat surface-trail.  For about the first mile
I felt fine.  Then the same pain recurred in exactly the same spot.  I can
run through the pain easily enough, but I am concerned about causing a more
severe injury.  I have a 10 mile race coming up in 2 weeks and the Vermont
City Marathon on the Memorial Day weekend.  I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks,

Bob

 
 
 

Calf-Soleus pain

Post by Charlie Pendej » Tue, 24 Apr 2007 10:49:13

Quote:

> I developed sudden onset of pain in my left lower posterolateral calf 3 days
> ago.  I was told that it was a soleus strain, and was advised to use ice,
> stretches, and massage, and to avoid running for several days.  I tried
> running again today on a soft flat surface-trail.  For about the first mile
> I felt fine.  Then the same pain recurred in exactly the same spot.  I can
> run through the pain easily enough, but I am concerned about causing a more
> severe injury.  I have a 10 mile race coming up in 2 weeks and the Vermont
> City Marathon on the Memorial Day weekend.  I would appreciate any advice.

I'm not gonna try to field this - there are others a lot better
qualified to give you advice - but suggest that if you were otherwise
inclined to wear flats for your race, consider sticking with trainers
this time around.  A few mm difference in heel height is something
your calf will feel over the course of ten miles, especially at race
pace.

Good luck.

 
 
 

Calf-Soleus pain

Post by samso » Tue, 24 Apr 2007 10:53:56



Quote:
> I developed sudden onset of pain in my left lower posterolateral calf 3 days
> ago.  I was told that it was a soleus strain, and was advised to use ice,
> stretches, and massage, and to avoid running for several days.  I tried
> running again today on a soft flat surface-trail.  For about the first mile
> I felt fine.  Then the same pain recurred in exactly the same spot.  I can
> run through the pain easily enough, but I am concerned about causing a more
> severe injury.  I have a 10 mile race coming up in 2 weeks and the Vermont
> City Marathon on the Memorial Day weekend.  I would appreciate any advice.

> Thanks,

> Bob

This is typical usenet bluster. Use it for what it's
worth.

I had the same problem. I rested and iced for 5 days.
It felt fine to walk, but after the 4th or 5th mile,
I could feel the pain again.

I went to strength exercises for the calf (stair heel
lifts), heat (from a pad), and massage. It's been
another five days. I'm running without sharp pain,
sometimes with no pain at all, but I do feel the
slight tug, pain, and stiffness every now and then.

S.

 
 
 

Calf-Soleus pain

Post by nonic » Tue, 24 Apr 2007 15:46:10


Quote:


> > I developed sudden onset of pain in my left lower posterolateral calf 3 days
> > ago.  I was told that it was a soleus strain, and was advised to use ice,
> > stretches, and massage, and to avoid running for several days.  I tried
> > running again today on a soft flat surface-trail.  For about the first mile
> > I felt fine.  Then the same pain recurred in exactly the same spot.  I can
> > run through the pain easily enough, but I am concerned about causing a more
> > severe injury.  I have a 10 mile race coming up in 2 weeks and the Vermont
> > City Marathon on the Memorial Day weekend.  I would appreciate any advice.

> > Thanks,

> > Bob

I had a problem with my soleus that resulted in 2 weeks off. Had to go
for ultrasound.

The ultrasound helped a lot but i still had some tightness.

Eventually, stretching the muscle 5 times a day with a 2 hour gap in
between helped me a lot.  Stretch only if there is no swelling.

Stretch the muscle before and after running.

Sanjay

This is typical usenet bluster. Use it for what it's

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Quote:
> worth.

> I had the same problem. I rested and iced for 5 days.
> It felt fine to walk, but after the 4th or 5th mile,
> I could feel the pain again.

> I went to strength exercises for the calf (stair heel
> lifts), heat (from a pad), and massage. It's been
> another five days. I'm running without sharp pain,
> sometimes with no pain at all, but I do feel the
> slight tug, pain, and stiffness every now and then.

> S.

 
 
 

Calf-Soleus pain

Post by bluezfol » Tue, 24 Apr 2007 21:37:39


Quote:
> I developed sudden onset of pain in my left lower posterolateral calf 3 days
> ago.  I was told that it was a soleus strain, and was advised to use ice,
> stretches, and massage, and to avoid running for several days.  I tried
> running again today on a soft flat surface-trail.  For about the first mile
> I felt fine.  Then the same pain recurred in exactly the same spot.  I can
> run through the pain easily enough, but I am concerned about causing a more
> severe injury.  I have a 10 mile race coming up in 2 weeks and the Vermont
> City Marathon on the Memorial Day weekend.  I would appreciate any advice.

> Thanks,

> Bob

I had some soreness and tightness in my calffor a while some years
back, I just kept up with my normal training until near the end of a
long run I felt what could be described as a *** band snapping.  I
was unable to run again for about a month as I recall.  Now when I
have pain and unusual soreness I back off.
 
 
 

Calf-Soleus pain

Post by Tony S » Tue, 24 Apr 2007 22:28:18


Quote:

>> I developed sudden onset of pain in my left lower posterolateral calf 3
>> days
>> ago.  I was told that it was a soleus strain, and was advised to use ice,
>> stretches, and massage, and to avoid running for several days.  I tried
>> running again today on a soft flat surface-trail.  For about the first
>> mile
>> I felt fine.  Then the same pain recurred in exactly the same spot.  I
>> can
>> run through the pain easily enough, but I am concerned about causing a
>> more
>> severe injury.  I have a 10 mile race coming up in 2 weeks and the
>> Vermont
>> City Marathon on the Memorial Day weekend.  I would appreciate any
>> advice.

>> Thanks,

>> Bob

> I had some soreness and tightness in my calffor a while some years
> back, I just kept up with my normal training until near the end of a
> long run I felt what could be described as a *** band snapping.  I
> was unable to run again for about a month as I recall.  Now when I
> have pain and unusual soreness I back off.

Same exact thing happened to me at the end of '05. In the months following
the Vermont 50 miler, I began to do some speed training to finish out the
year with some shorter races. Bad idea: my calves got tight, and I wasn't
fully aware of the risk. During a routine easy run, something snapped in
there. Though it wasn't really painful when it happened, something
definitely tore. Luckily it was December, so I just took a month off. After
that it was fine, and I try to be more careful now to stretch/massage tight
calves.

I'd say to you Bob: follow that advise, massage, then ice, but be careful
stretching it. I'd work it with massage/ice for a couple of days before
running or stretching again. Also I'd first do like a 10 minute walking
warmup, then stretch it very carefully and see how it feels before trying to
run on it. Also eat more protein ;) Also, in the first few days, don't do
any biking.

-Tony

 
 
 

Calf-Soleus pain

Post by Mark » Sat, 28 Apr 2007 21:37:49


Quote:

>> I developed sudden onset of pain in my left lower
>> posterolateral calf 3 days ago.  I was told that it was a
>> soleus strain, and was advised to use ice, stretches, and
>> massage, and to avoid running for several days.  I tried
>> running again today on a soft flat surface-trail.  For about
>> the first mile I felt fine.  Then the same pain recurred in
>> exactly the same spot.  I can run through the pain easily
>> enough, but I am concerned about causing a more severe injury.
>> I have a 10 mile race coming up in 2 weeks and the Vermont City
>> Marathon on the Memorial Day weekend.  I would appreciate any
>> advice.

> I'm not gonna try to field this - there are others a lot better
> qualified to give you advice - but suggest that if you were
> otherwise inclined to wear flats for your race, consider
> sticking with trainers this time around.  A few mm difference in
> heel height is something your calf will feel over the course of
> ten miles, especially at race pace.

I'll second that.  I recently switched to very low profile flats
and after 25 KM of racing in them this past weekend, my calves have
been seriously talking to me.