Post by cboyette2232 on Mar 6, 2017 21:43:20 GMT -6
I've been having calf strains and or calf muscle pulls for the last few months. I'm 66, 5'11", 168-170 lbs. and I returned to running 18 months ago after a long layoff. I run/walk for about 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week. How much stretching should I do? Would any kind of weight training help or hurt? Would any particular supplements help?
I had some peculiar calf cramps, sort of ping here, ping there, after I started Lipitor. I was able to change my diet, reduce my cholesterol, and got off Lipitor. Those unusual cramps went away. The internet had some information on similar calf cramps. You should be aware of the side effects of all drugs that you take and especially of any changes after you start a new drug.
You should also consider how much time you take off when injured. For example, tendons take a long time to heal.
Last Edit: Mar 7, 2017 14:03:51 GMT -6 by chastennis
Hi, have you consulted with a sports medicine specialist or a physical therapist? That might be a good idea to make sure there aren't any significant mechanical issues with your running form.
If you like to read, I recommend the book "Anatomy for Runners" by Jay Dicharry. It's pretty cheap on Amazon, and a great way to learn about tissue mobility (as opposed to simply stretching), strength, and your nervous system all factor into both performance and injury prevention. The second half of the book focuses on how to self-assess where your limitations are, and address those limitations through specific exercises.
Post by Jay Umarvadia, MD, MBA on Apr 5, 2017 20:22:04 GMT -6
Have you been on any recent medications that may lower your potassium levels? Low potassium can cause frequent calf or muscle pain. Also, if you are on any cholesterol lowering medication, it may also cause muscle pain. I would definitely encourage stretching prior to exercise and a cool down stretch after your exercise program as well. A face to face visit with a sports medicine physician will help if you continue to have these recurrent calf strains.