Calf Pain Running - Brisbane
Morelli – Brisbane Myotherapist and Remedial
Brisbane is a
great town for running! So we see LOTS of calf pain from running at Knead Massage.
you experience calf pain after running a few kilometres, and the pain doesn’t
reduce as you go – you may have an overuse
injury known as Biomechanical Overload Syndrome (BOS).
Unlike a calf
tear, which happens suddenly, with pain that is obvious in all activities
(until the tear heals) – pain that is only experienced while running, is
probably an overuse injury.
there’s a strategy a runner can employ with their Myotherapist to live pain free – cause we know, RUNNERS GOTTA RUN.
Why do we get Calf Pain
rest or recovery (common in those who are attempting their first marathon
without a coach and mistakenly believe they have to run 30km+ in one session
multiple times a week).
- Weakness in
the leg complex
- Returning to
running after a training break - and being aged 40-60
- Increase in
training load – running faster, or more often – sudden introduction of hills.
- Stress and
lack of sleep
- Changing to
minimalist shoes without an appropriate tapering up (suddenly running your
usual distance in minimalist footwear you haven’t gradually adapted to).
- Changing from
their natural heel strike pattern to a toe pattern without having an injury
that is forcing this change
If you are
affected by this condition – you’ve probably noticed that you can’t just
stretch and massage it away. It’s
important to book a consultation with a Myotherapist or other healthcare
professional for an assessment.
How does calf pain in
present with these symptoms are often fit people, who run and workout with
weights. What we commonly hear from
runners with calf pain is “I don’t need to train my legs at the gym – because I
this isn’t true. The best solution to Biomechanical
Overload Syndrome of the calf from running, is to increase the strength of the lower leg (calves and toe
What should I do?
strengthening exercises in the infographic below (from educator David Pope at
clinical edge sharing the insights of The Running Physio - Tom Goom).
- Limit the
distance you run – stop running before the symptoms become obvious
with a walk run approach - run for 10 minutes then walk for 2-3 minutes. Work out the best ratio for you.
- Book in to Knead
Massage Brisbane for a myotherapy assessment of your calf pain. A Myotherapist can design a strength and
conditioning program appropriate to your situation and use many techniques to
reduce the irritation and pain.
footwear is commonly an ingredient of pain - a consultation with a podiatrist for orthotics or
optimal footwear may be appropriate.
What shouldn’t I do?
- You shouldn’t
run through it – symptoms will just get worse.
- You shouldn’t
abandon running entirely – stop running before calf pain happens or combine
walking and running before it does.
- Don’t run
hills if you have these symptoms
- Don’t ignore
it – getting massage constantly won’t make this better. Massage may help after you have severe pain,
but it won’t stop it from coming back.
using the treadmill over the bitumen. A
treadmill evokes approximately 40% less force on average per step. The calf won’t have to work as hard absorbing
when running can be a complex problem – consult with a Myotherapist for simple