As a personal trainer, I see a lot of injuries in runners. A common problem that many runners face, whether they are new to running, or have been running for years, is tight calve muscles. This pain can start when you start running, come on after you are done running, or be throughout the day. The muscle groups in your calves that are causing this pain are the gastrocnomies and soleus muscles. There are different things that you may be doing that are causing these muscles in your calves to ache, and luckily there are also some easy ways to fix this problem.
Most commonly, the reason that your body develops this problem is from not stretching, or from stretching poorly. When your muscles aren’t stretched properly, the sudden exertion causes severe strain on them. This is why it is so important to not only stretch your calves, but to also stretch them properly. Another reason you may be getting sore calves is from poor running mechanics. If your posture is bad, it is going to take a toll on your whole body, all the way down to your calves. In other cases, this problem is developed from an overly large calve muscle. Your muscle may be too large in proportion to your lower body. In the reverse as well, you may experience this problem because your calves aren’t strong enough.
To cure these problems, first try stretching thouroughly before and after each run. You also may want to cut your workouts in half, or lower the intensity, to give your calves a chance to rest, and rebuild. If stretching doesn’t seem to be helping after a few weeks, you may also want to get a deep tissue you massage to help increase blood flow in the muscles. Normally about 3 treatments are required. If your muscles are too weak, try exercises, such as calf raises, to help build strength.
If a few weeks have gone buy and you aren’t feeling any type of relief, you may want to contact your doctor. Seeing a physician before it’s too late can help prevent injury or permanent damage to your calves.