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Wrong sport!

So what's wrong with having ropey calves? I have great calves (for an old, unfit, ex-smoker). They don't hurt when I walk or when I run, so what's the problem? The problem is they hurt when I go swimming and do front crawl leg-kick. My physio (what a nice man) says I should stop running until he's sorted it out.

I can't give up the swimming as It's my personal goal to complete a triathlon before my 61st birthday. The swimming and cycling were supposed to be the easy bits. All I had to do was learn how to run.

Oh bother.

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Oh no! What a bu**er! You'd better listen to your physio but has he told you why your calves hurt when you swim? We're always told that swimming is easy on the joints!


No idea how long I've had dodgy calves. It wasn't swimming that caused it - it's just swimming that brings on the pain (and cramp, and frustration). It's probably from something I did back in the mists of time. Misspent youth perhaps?


Ah yes that old chestnut!


I must be honest: I don't remember chestnuts being involved :-)

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why stop? and has he given you exercises? You need to be given an idea of the problem...and the solution!!!


He's given me exercises to do. Fortunately, I can do them at night with the curtains closed. Wouldn't want the neighbours to see me jumping on tip toes (and falling over).


Oh that's a blow ! Can you do any exercise at all just to keep you ticking over ? What a shame for you .

I hope you feel better soon xxx


Get a second opinion?


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