Calf Pain And Running
Calf pain while running can have many different causes. Most common presentation at Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta include:
- Shoe type – inappropriate shoe selection for your foot can make a big difference to calf pain. Wearing the right shoes can help align your foot correctly, which reduces the amount of stress on your calf muscles. Resulting in a reduced risk of calf injury
- Shoe age – How old are your shoes? Do you remember when you bought them or is it too long ago to remember? Your shoes are supposed to last between 12-24 months. Even though the shoes look in good condition from the outside, the fabric and rubber will loose their support over time and use. There is no hard and fast rule. Someone who runs a lot or is generally speaking more active will wear out the shoes quicker than someone who is not as active.
- Muscle tightness – Tight calf muscles will lead to a muscle injury. Stretches should be done before and after every run or exercise routine.
- Running technique and muscle imbalances – This is best assessed by your Physiotherapist to determine if you are inappropriately loading your calf muscles.
If you are struggling with recurrent calf injuries, get in touch with Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta to have your injury properly assessed and treated.