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Over the past 10 yrs I have had calf pain, similar or feels like a pull of some sort, when running (jump roping also aggravates) it does not always happen but I can no longer run more than 4miles (on a good day). Usually happens around 2-3 miles. Usually calf tights up in very small spot somewhere in the belly but just happened 3 days ago well below the belly closer to ankle, never consistently exactly in same spot or close to same spot. Can be anywhere from just below knee toward outside or dead center in belly. Happens in both legs, but not simultaneously. This is really starting to restrict my activity with my kids as we like to play soccer.
Never had problems with my legs until I started running again after 10+ yrs of competitive cycling. No problems on bike.
I have tried a lot of different aproaches to solve this issue: different running shoes (minimal, sift, stability), massage (Airosti), rehab calf, been to sports med doc, extensive stretching, mobility work – roller, peanut, Voodoo flossing (helps a bit) on and on. Best thing that has worked so far has been dry-needling (acupuncture) but no relief, usually comes back. Can’t tell if it’s from impact, poor form, etc. any help is greatly appreciated.
The sensation right before the “pull” was recreated in a different location when Voodoo flossing and wrapping starting from top rather than wrapping from bottom up. Original spot was about mid-point below belly of calf muscle and ankle and central, recreated above belly to outside close to head of fibula.
i empathize with your pain. ive had lower extremity injuries that have taken me out for extended periods. this stopped happening when I started believing the philosopy of MWOD and then trying to practice it. Kelly talks about it in supple leopard. 1% of all biomechanical injuries is a disease. 1% are catosrophic accidents. that leaves 98% of all other injuries are due to poor movement.