Why does my calf hurt?
The calf is the muscle responsible for downward and upward motion of the ankle and foot. The connector of the muscle and bone, also known as a tendon, is termed the Achille's Tendon. Examples of the motion are; walking, running, climbing stairs, jumping, tapping the foot, standing in heels.
What causes the pain?
All of the above mentioned movements can cause the muscle to form extra tension, which creates an extra pull on the Achille's tendon. The Achille's, in turn, pulls even hard at the bone connection site. The extra tension is felt by you as pain in the calf, ankle and/or foot.
How do i treat the pain?
*Walk around for 5 minutes.
* Grab a rolling pin, foam roller, LAX ball, frozen water bottle
* Roll affected calf side-to-side for 40 seconds
* Roll affected calff up and down for 40 seconds
* Stop at any site of extra pain, concetrate for 20 secs
* Switch legs
Steps 1 & 2 above should be practiced on a daily basis. Doing so will work towards loosening tension in the calf and Achilles tendon.
Perform steps 1&2 before AND after a workout.
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