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2014-12-09 4:17 PM

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So i seem to suffer from "tight calves" everyone thinks its a joke but when im running i cant seem to make it more than a few miles before i have to stop and walk due to my calves being so tight. If i stop i have to walk or else the pain is unberable.

I have tried yoga, extensive streatching, warmning up properly, correct running shoes does anyone have any suggestions or remedies from similar problems.


2014-12-09 10:33 PM
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Foam roller.

2014-12-10 12:05 PM
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tried it, doesnt help my calves but works wonders on my thighs
2014-12-10 9:16 PM
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I also do most of my longer (60min +) runs in compression socks.  Well it may be one of those debated topics I think they help.

2014-12-11 7:53 AM
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pressure point work? I have super tight calved - sit on the floor, put a tennis ball on the underside, and then use a second on the top side and massage hard - it helps - I also use k-tape on my calves (evidence suggests benefits are minimal but it helps me)
2014-12-11 11:56 AM
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Subject: RE: tight calves
Originally posted by slides

So i seem to suffer from "tight calves" everyone thinks its a joke but when im running i cant seem to make it more than a few miles before i have to stop and walk due to my calves being so tight. If i stop i have to walk or else the pain is unberable.

I have tried yoga, extensive streatching, warmning up properly, correct running shoes does anyone have any suggestions or remedies from similar problems.


Routine full range of motion moderate resistance exercises can help develop flexibility and tensile strength and possibly help this if there is no other glaring condition. Standing and seated calf raises (if not on a machine at the gym, then off a block or step with bodyweight and/or one leg at a time)

I stretch a lot and am flexible, but still use the boot(Night Splint) from time to time to keep the calves (achilles tendon) and plantar muscles loose when just sitting relaxed at home.


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I went through PT after tearing a tendon from tight calves and developing Achilles tendinitis. The injury came from over doing it with running. It used to feel like a knot or ball in my calf that I could feel getting tighter and tighter when I'd run. I found out I had a weak core so planks, calf raises and regular stretching helped a ton. It was a lot in the beginning. Maybe 30-50 mins a day including foam roller. My calves haven't really been tight in almost a year.
2014-12-12 7:45 AM
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The foam roller doesn't get enough pressure on my calves either. Like someone else said, sit on the ground and try using some kind of hard ball. I also like using a Stick massager. https://www.thestick.com/

You may need to back off the running for a while.
2014-12-12 10:59 AM
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alright ill try those suggestions with the tennis ball, getting a 6 packs ;-) and streatching more.
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