I've had a problem with this in the past and stretching is the biggest part of it. Even walking can increase pain in tight calves if you aren't stretching. I found that stretching from the low back, hamstrings, and then down into the calves was a big help! Also, make sure your shoes aren't broken down, as that lack of support in old shoes can exacerbate pain in your calves. Hope you feel better soon!
Try doing lower impac cardio. Jump rope is considered higher intensity. If you are not use to it, go with lower intensity and stretch. However, if you stop exercising because you are in pain, when you start up again, the pain will start up too.
That is why it is best to go with a lower intensity workout first. Once you get really used to that, step it up a notch.
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You also need to stretch those calves! Stretch before, during and after. Ice them to bring down inflamation in the muscles. Take ibuprofen for the aches, look into Amino Vital to help rebuild the muscles your have over used. Finally, mix it up and give yourself a rest every now and then.
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