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Thread: Weird Leg Pain

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    College Station, TX

    Unhappy Weird Leg Pain

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    So I don't usually wear heels, but I think I may have gotten some weird pain by me wearing them (and walking a bit) on Friday....

    So I didn't have a chance to ride Saturday, but I did walk the dogs. I noticed that my lower legs hurt a little bit, but it didn't seem odd becuase I don't usually wear heels and walk much (I walked a bit at the mall). On Sunday I rode 40 miles with the last 10 in pretty bad pain. My right calf, upper right side feels "weird" kinda like a tight muscle. When I rub the muscle there it doesn't feel knotted though. Cycling to work this morning hurt about the same.

    Any idea what I may have done to myself? Any remedies? Icy hot, and hot pads (at separate times ) doesn't seem to work.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Columbia River Gorge

    Calf Stretch

    Hey Aggie,

    I posted a reply on another tread about calf stretching:


    I would consider stretching your calf muscles, especially the soleus, (it's explained in the post and the link). I would continue with ice and heat, although I'm a fan of real ice as opposed to rubs. I also like to alternate between ice and heat in one session:

    Ice for 1 min, heat for 1-2 min, ice 1 min... for 10 to 15 min in total. Typically I recommend finishing with heat for something like this and then doing the stretches afterward. If you do this 2 times per day it should take care of it in a few days if it's simply a muscle strain issue from the heels. If it doesn't, you may need to see a PT or Doc.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Traveling Nomad

    I ended up tendinitis in my upper right calf a couple of winters ago after just one over-aggressive Spinervals session. I was doing the "stop-start" drill in a fairly tough gear. My calf hurt for quite a long time after that, despite stretching and icing. I finally went to physical therapy, though he didn't do much more for it than I had been doing -- more stretches, more icing, cross-friction massage. It just took time to heal. I never do those stop-start drills any more. Not sure that walking in heels could cause the same thing, but it hurt in the same place. If it is tendinitis, rest, ice, and stretching are about all you can do for it.

    Good luck!

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