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Running and muscle injury

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Lalad, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Lalad

    Lalad Lead commenter

    I've just taken up running again and think I have injured the calf muscle in my right leg this morning. I felt a sharp pain which pulled me up and made me stop, so returned home limping. .I'm waiting for a call back from my GP but they said it might not be until lunchtime. Any runners around who can advise whether I should be walking on it in the meantime? At the moment I've used an ice pack and found some compression hosiery in a bag of things from my mum's old house, both of which seem to have helped.
    Lalad
     
  2. vickyrae1970

    vickyrae1970 New commenter

    yes , see your gp , but i would suggest seeing a physio as well , who specialises in dealing with runners .next don't run again until you have sought medical advice . if you want to exercise in the meantime try cross training or swimming . i seriously hurt my achilles last year [ and it recently recurred] and my advice would be ice three times a day , use a foam roller , make sure you warm up sufficiently before running [ 20 mins] , get your trainers checked [ you can get advice at specialist running shops , who can do gait analysis ] , check your running form as the way you land on your feet can have a massive impact and try to incorporate weights and resistance training in as well . don't give up on the running but wait til your injury is better . could i also advise against taking anti-inflammotory tablets as they have no effect .
     
  3. Lalad

    Lalad Lead commenter

    Thanks bubbles40 - your advice is spot on, although the GP said I should take Ibuprofen but I didn't have any so now wont bother if they have no effect. I bought my trainers - New Balance - after gait analysis at a specialist running shop a few months ago. This afternoon I managed to speak to a physio, who is herself a keen runner - she recommended swimming too, and cycling, which surprised me but she said it was fine as long as I kept my feet at right angles to my ankles rather than pointing downwards. What is cross training?
     
  4. vickyrae1970

    vickyrae1970 New commenter

    simply going on a cross trainer [ the ski machine] - i do on days when i dont run . if you need any advice pm me .
     
  5. You may not feel the effect of an anti inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen, but your damaged muscles, cartilage and tendon will! If you're in pain you need to take pain killers, such as paracetamol alongside the ibuprofen.
     
  6. Lalad

    Lalad Lead commenter

    It's not painful now but I can't put any weight on my right leg without feeling as if it's going to give way, so I can't walk properly, which is really frustrating!
     
  7. vickyrae1970

    vickyrae1970 New commenter

    glad to hear this . take it slow .
     
  8. 576

    576 Established commenter

    Cross-training is NOT simply going on the cross-training.
    Cross training is training across a range of disciplines.
    eg: a swimmer who goes for a run or a cyle
    a runner who swims or cycles
    a cyclist who runs or swims
    all these are cross-training.
    It gives your body a different work out and can work different muscles to your main sport.
     
  9. Lalad brufen does work. It is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) and, taken with paracetemol is invaluable to ease muscle strains.
    And yes, cross training is not just working out on a machine but is, as already explained, training in a variety of ways in order to avoid injury, work your body fully and ensure you don't get bored.
    Stick with the physio advice about exercise you can do. They know more than your GP about how you can/cannot workout with an ache or strain!
    I am sorry bubble but your advice is incorrect.
    Good luck, Lalad.

     
  10. Lalad

    Lalad Lead commenter

    Thanks for all the advice - we've been in London for a few days so I've been hobbling around tube stations and museums grabbing every opportunity to sit with my leg raised, much to the amusement of the ticket collector on the train to Reading! I'm almost back to walking normally now but my leg still doesn't feel quite right and I'm really wary of testing it out in case I damage something again. I'm debating whether to join our local gym instead, and build up to running again that way - perhaps that's what I should have done in the first place!
     
  11. Lalad

    Lalad Lead commenter

    By the middle of this week I had just got back to walking normally but went out for a stroll down the road last night and found it difficult to walk again. Today I am limping and can feel a pulling sensation all down the outside of my calf when I put any weight on the leg so I'm having to walk very slowly - after the original injury, the pain was down the inside of the lower leg, so it seems to have moved round! Is this usual? And for it to take more than a fortnight to clear up?
     
  12. Lalad, that sounds like something that needs a bit of help.
    Doctor might be able to help but a physio would probably be more use. The movement of the pain could just be referred pain... you walked oddly with the original injury and used other muscles in ways they don't usually get worked, so now they are complaining.
    If this is what it is a physio will be able to help ease it so you don't keep going round that circle.
    Meantime take the painkillers and anti inflammatories for a day or two, if you can relax the muscle it will forgive you sooner. So a bit of time off your feet would be good too!

    Good luck. It must be really boring by now, not being able to just get up and go!

     
  13. Lalad

    Lalad Lead commenter

    Thank you - and how right you are Pobble; it is driving me crazy! Think I will be off to the physio tomorrow if I can get an appointment.
     
  14. Lalad

    Lalad Lead commenter

    Well I finally went to the Physio privately - NHS waiting list was 3 months and there was no way I could have hobbled around for that long!
    During the medical history, I mentioned that I had had intermittent pain in my hip/lower back for many years. On investigating this, the Physio found that I had a pelvic distortion, which on further investigation, turned out to be due to the fact that one leg is about a cm shorter than the other. She said the pain in my hip was due to this imbalance, and that it could also lead to an imbalance in my running style, making muscular strain more likely.
    So after some pelvic manipulation, ultrasound and strapping on the calf muscle and a temporary orthoptic insert, I was able to walk out without limping - which made it well worth the £45 fee!
     
  15. Wow!
    That's great news. Aren't they just the most wonderful people?
    Have fun, but take it easy for a while! [​IMG]
     

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