Calf pain, of any type, can be debilitating and lead to a variety of secondary health complications including loss of mobility. If you suffer from persistent calf pain while running, it is important to consider not only what you can do to treat the calf pain but also what can be done to prevent it from occurring.
While running, your calf muscles are placed under great distress as they work to keep your balance and gait, while moderating the weight of your body against the resistance of the ground. When suffering from calf pain while running, the pain may be associated from a calf injury or could be related to a muscle spasm in the calf muscle. In some cases, calf pain can be related to sciatica calf pain which requires further expanded health treatment.
To prevent calf pain while running, you will want to first be sure that you have the proper type of running shoes needed to run properly and on the terrain you predominantly run on. Once you have the right running shoes, the next step is to be sure that you are well hydrated prior to running as calf pain while running may be attributed to dehydration. Eating bananas or foods high in potassium is also beneficial prior to a run.
While running, if you experience calf pain, there will be times that you can simply push through the pain and continue running but most sports health specialists will recommend that you, instead, stop running and massage the area where pain is present. If possible, walk to your destination or call for a ride if you can no longer mobilize due to pain complications.
Treating calf pain that has arisen from running will require that you rest the legs for a few days and then elevate the legs to reduce swelling. Immediately apply cold packs and perform simple stretching exercises to improve your leg health. Often, with rest, ice, and use of anti-inflammatory medications, your calf muscle will improve and you can resume running but only have you’ve completed the prevention tips.
Calf pain while running is common among many joggers and athletes who run. While not all calf pain can be prevented, proper care can reduce the occurrence of injury or muscle spasm which will provide for a healthier outcome to your running routine.
Sources: Leg Pain, by Magruder Donaldson