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Top Running Injury No. 4: Calf Strains

Calf StrainsThis is the fourth in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

Calf strains aren’t just painful; they can also be a sign that you are experiencing other leg issues. If not addressed quickly, it could lead to other issues such as hamstring tightness or plantar fasciitis. That’s why it’s important you not only understand the reasons behind calf strains, but also how you can treat this frustrating problemMedi-Dyne would like to share some information that can help if you are having to deal with this issue.

Causes

The calf muscles are among the most used in the body. Eventually, they get tight and result in calf strains. They not only result in a great deal of pain, they can also alter the way you walk – which can set off a series of other problems such as ankle and knee pain, back pain and several others. Here are some of the more common reasons this condition occurs:

  • Wearing high heels
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Exercise
  • Standing for several hours

Symptoms

Again, it is very important that you have this problem addressed by a doctor before it starts keeping you from exercising as rigorously as you want. Not only do calf strains make it hard for people to run or walk, they can even make it hard for you to be able to comfortably sit. Talk to a doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Muscle tightness or spasms
  • Sharp pain when you move in a certain manner
  • Constant, dull aching
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Tenderness and soreness when you apply pressure to your calves

2Steps to Pain-Free Running

Cho-Pat Calf Compresion SleeveMedi-Dyne and several top retailers have partnered to create the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone. There, you’ll be able to not only get further information on calf strains and other problems, but also ways to find relief. For example, you can find the Cho-Pat® Compression Sleeve, which provides both support and relief by maintaining warmth and improving circulation. The ProStretch Plus™ provides a deep stretch that helps create the long-term flexibility needed to prevent future calf strains. Visit or e-store or call us at 800-810-1740 to learn more.