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KRISTEN_SAYS
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11/2/12 2:23 P

I'll try stretching it more, although it hasn't bothered me as much the past day or two.





CHERIMOOSE
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11/2/12 9:53 A

Try stretching your right calf, holding it for 20 seconds, and repeating hourly. Here's a video of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI0tT0dY95
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The outside of the calf can tighten up if your foot over-pronates (caves inward). Check to see if the arch of your right foot looks flatter than the left, when standing up bare-foot, like this:
i.imgur.com/ioPCd.jpg



SP_COACH_NANCY
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11/1/12 9:35 A

DIDS70,

I hear ya...between A.R.T and deep tissue massage along with my ancillary exercises, my calf is feeling so much better!

Coach Nancy



DIDS70
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11/1/12 9:33 A

My Chiro has been a godsend. He did a deep tissue massage yesterday and though it killed while he was doing it, it felt so much better about 10 minutes later.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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10/31/12 1:42 P

Thanks for the responses. I figured I would probably have to see my doctor about it, but I wanted to ask here first to get some feedback. Luckily my mom works at the hospital and can call in a favor and get me in right away, so she's doing that right now for me. Hoping my doc can figure out what it is, or at least refer me to someone =/



N16351D
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10/31/12 10:41 A

My physical therapist has saved me. Starting with exercises for tight neck muscles from a whiplash from a car wreck in 1977, we then moved on to the back and shoulders. During the twenty year relationship (really bad neck troubles!), I learned that I had weak back muscles, poor posture and more which all contributed to my aching neck.

Later I asked her about running injuries (been running for 40 years), running shoes. After surgery for torn knee cartilage and trigger finger, this woman helped me again.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of seeing health professionals. The trick is getting the right one for your condition. Try Coach Nancy's tip first, but don't forget your local PT. If you get a physician's order, it is probable that your insurance will pay for most of the bill.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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10/30/12 11:14 P

Hi Kristen,

These issues are tough to direct anyone as to what the cause is as many times the source of the discomfort is not the cause of the issue. Finding a sports chiro (especially one who works with runners) or your doc may be your only option. While taking time off may cause the issue to resolve momentarily, unless you take care of the underlaying cause, you may be setting yourself up for issues again down the road.

As someone who had to drop out of running the Marine Corps Marathon this past weekend due to a left calf issue that started in Sept, I have learned quite a lot from my sports chiro...my calf is the result of tight hamstrings, tight hip flexors and weak lower back issues...after 6 weeks of weekly treatments and spending time doing lots of ancillary exercises, I am finally beginning to gain my momentum back.

Coach Nancy



KRISTEN_SAYS
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10/30/12 10:49 P

No, definitely not a Charley horse. I know what those feel like, haha. This pain is definitely not as severe.



SHAKEUPTAMPA
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10/30/12 10:47 P

Are you sure it's not a Charlie horse? Could be lack of potassium if that is the case.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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10/30/12 10:29 P

Hi all, lately I've noticed a shooting pain that goes up the outside of my right calf. It's not excruciating but it's uncomfortable. It comes and goes. Right now as I'm sitting in my chair I can feel it, as well as when I'm standing up at times. I run pretty frequently but not too much, around 15 miles a week (down from 20+) so I'm sure that is what has caused it. Does anyone know what this could be and what I should do? I haven't gone for a run since Saturday.

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 10/30/2012 (22:35)


 
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