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I absolutely loved this, I really feel I'm achieving something but I'm plagued by tightening in my right calf every time, I even stopped on occasions to stretch it but it soon came back. My left calf feels as if it can keep going, my right tightens. I'm concerned that this will be the end of my running 😢 next time I aim to run with compression socks to see if that helps but would any of you guys be able to offer advice?

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Have you had gait analysis for proper shoes and do you do the full 5 minute warm up walk beforehand?

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Hi thank you. I wear ASIC trainers for over pronation and do stretches pre and post run, haven't had proper gait analysis as am worried as it is done on a treadmill and my running strides are different but I may just have to bite the bullet and have it done properly

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As ju ju says, but also try heel raises/ dips on the bottom step: stand on edge of step, lift heels then slowly lower below the stair ( i always count a slow 1-6 for each).

Do 5 of these, three times.

Repeat three times a day. Do them daily.

You could also try using a foam roller regularly.

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Hi thank you, I have started doing these and I also do the NHS strengthen and flexibility podcasts too , and have been using a foam roller for last few days, I did use the roller before my run today hoping it would help , I think maybe ju-ju- is right and I need a proper analysis .

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I agree with Jacs-W. Calf/Heel raises help tremendously to strengthen those muscles. I also concentrate on doing "one leg calf/heel raises" to strengthen them even more.

Calf stretches help a lot as well!

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Hi thank you , I will definitely increase these to see if they help.

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Warming up and as ju-ju- says.. the right shoes..Rolling really helps..but if the pain carries on see a sports physio.. I had something very similar to this and in the end had to see an expert.. :)

I had had, at some point, a minor tear.. and having self treated...everything, by the book I went out again, and it came back..rested for another twelve days and it came back... just the left calf!

So.. try the suggested routes, but, if no improvement..please get it checked out:)

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Thank you, I think I have decided to get a gait analysis done next week, due to work I'll be resting for next 4 days then new trainers 😁

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