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|Author: ||Been there my friend|
|Subject: ||RE: CHRONIC CALF spasm/strain injury|
I've dealt with a similar injury for the past 7 years. I was originally diagnosed with compartment syndrome and surgery was recommended. At the time I didn't have insurance however and decided not to go through with it. I've pretty much given up on competitive running at this point although I am still able to run 4-6 miles about 3x per week. Any more than that and the injury gets reaggravated. I supplement this work with swimming and weight training. My original injury was in 1999. I have a personal dislike of the medical industry in general and have decided that going under the knife is not an option for me-- I'm trying to work through things naturally.
Some things that have helped me:
-- a deep tissue massage once in awhile works wonders. One masseuse actually asked me if i had gotten in a car accident-- apparently i had some tendons that had become fibrotic after the original injury. I use "The Stick" once in awhile, probably much less than I should.
-- I have found that stretching my calves LESS actually is better for me. If you must stretch, do so for very short 1-2 second intervals and repeat rather than your typical "hold for 10 seconds".
-- When it starts to bother you... cross train until there is no pain. It will only get worse otherwise. Trust me, I've re-aggravated my injury enough times to know. Swimming and the stationary bike have been good options for me (position yourself on the pedals properly to take pressure off your calves).
-- I've done better with lower-profile shoes for some reason. I'm lucky to be a true neutral runner so I probably have more options than most. I often run on trails in lightweight trainers such as the Puma Prevail or even racing flats such as the Brooks T4.
Hopefully some of this helps. If you have the same injury that I have good luck-- I can't say if it ever really heals. You can definitely work around it though.
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