I've had tight calves for years. The thing that finally helped was wearing compression sleeves/socks during long runs. My calves are still tight at the beginning of my long runs but for the other weekly runs they are a lot better. I have a foam roller that I use for my cranky IT bands and the more I use it the more it helps.
I agree foam rolling is great, but I also agree with pastafarian about not rolling an injured area. I had a tendinopathy in the tendons that sit below the calf (My FHL). I was frequently rolling them to try to break up the knots and it finally got better when I stopped, rested and addressed the biomechanical issues causing the injury.
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This is what i do to keep stiffness away. Try a gentle massage with a tennis ball. And a soak in an epson salts bath helps too. This was my primary problem throughout the summer, so I always wear compression socks to keep the muscles warmed up as I run.
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Sometimes tight calves will release if you stop annoying them with all that massaging, rolling, etc., and just let them rest for awhile! Particularly if you have an injury. If your calves have microtears, they just need time to heal. No amount of massaging and rolling is going to help.
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I suffer from these all the time. I do use a foam roller and you can pick one up for not too much. Also, self massage, ice/warm compresses, or try some other exercises if the ones you are doing aren't helping. The best to you!
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