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Calf muscle


My left leg calf muscle feels over worked. Is there anything I van do to lesson the pressure. I seem to run more to one side but I don't know why.

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Looking forward to the advice about this, some days my calves are so tight I can barely chuffed let alone run. Hydration and stretching/warm-ups don’t seem to make a difference 😞

IannodaTruffeAdministrator in reply to WillsMum68

Stretching immediately after every run, while muscles are still warm and supple, pulls out contractions, avoiding carrying tensions into the next run and also improves recovery by improving blood flow.

WillsMum68Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you 😊


Give these a try....

If only one calf, suggest looking rest of set up. I get unbalanced as have arthritis in hip, so other knee takes bit more load. I find gentle running does hurt, sitting around does hurt. Ive also got one leg slightly shorter than other, which makes problem worse or caused it ! After assessment have a heel raiser in shorter leg which helps immensely . See if you can get gait analysis at some point !


Many of us are asymmetrical, often with one leg longer than the other, or different development of musculature from one side to the other. In everyday circumstances this may not be of any noticeable significance, but as you build up the muscles as you run more, you can accentuate this lopsidedness, which can have knock on effects in other parts of your body.

These can be potentially serious but can often be avoided by simple exercises or orthotics in your shoes. This can only be assessed by a physio, so i would advise you to get checked out asap.

I was fine up to 5k, but I got problems as I got near to 10k. I had to see a physio and stop running completely for s while, so I'd advise you see one asap, to nip any problems in the bud. Or start with a gait analysis, but if you can correct your gait, that's better than using an orthotic in the long run.

Hello I used to do allot of running, have you checked your shoes to see.

If you have a through running style, or an outside edge running style.

I had it pointed out to me buy guy in the shop once and found getting the correct shoe made loads of improvements.

I had no idea such a thing existed till it was explained to me in sports shop.

Just a thought. I do assure you it is a reality, I found brooks made good outside edge shoes as that is what i run on .

Guy in the shop really knew his stuff x

Do not forget that the cool down is as important as the warm up. so you want to finish a training run reducing slowly to a nice comfortable walking pace.

It makes all the difference x

Just another little tip

Do not clench your fists while you are running nice genital loose hand do help

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