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Calf cramp that's not cramp!

I have ran for many years, but ever since a cycling accident in 2007 I have struggle with lower back issues. With many visits to a , I accept that the way forward was pain management through appropriate exercise. When I thought that was working I slowly introduced my running which was going well. Then when I introduced a bit of speed work, as I increased the intensity, I started feeling cramp deep in the middle of the right calf. The more I work it, the worse it gets taking up to two week to recover. During that time I can't run and struggle with leg exercise for a week. Doctor recons it comes from the back but no matter what I do exercise wise, it does not prevent this happening.

Anyone recognise this and recommend the correct path?

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I've not had this particular type of cramp, but it sounds like it's an old injury that needs a lot more more healing time.

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What are you doing about your bad back?


Lots of different exercise which various physiotherapists have given, core exercise, strength and conditioning plus many months not running! It only happens while running when I start to increase the intensity


Hi oldecartehorse. First off there could be a thousand different things wrong. It could be a muscle injury or it could be that you are getting muscle spasms caused by sciatic nerve irritation. If you have lower back problems then this is highly likely, but as a runner and cyclist a muscle injury is just as likely.

You left out who you have been to see about it. I would suggest a good physiotherapist would be a good place to start. I would be inclined to pay for a private session as an experienced sports physio is going to spot whether it's a muscle problem straight away and the wait for NHS physio is rediculously long!

Good luck!


This is a difficult one. There is a book: "born to walk myofascial efficiency and the body in movement" by James Earls. sell copies for about £12. This will explain things better than I ever could. It will help you investigate the calf problem.

Hope this helps.


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