Calf Pain Causes
If you need to know what to do about calf pain then you have landed in the right place. There are many causes of calf pain, so the first task at hand is to figure out what the cause is. If you don't know the cause you don't know how to treat or prevent calves from becoming sore and painful. Naturally, once you know the cause you must be willing to do what it takes to remedy the problem. It might be hard to believe, but some people simply aren't willing to do what's needed.
Let me first say that I have pain in the calves often and have for several years. Part of the reason for this is that I have weak calves. I exercise and do calf strengthening exercises to help, or I am certain it would be worse. If you have weak calves and are aware of it then you need to do the same. Another reason calves ache is poor blood circulation, and I am sad to say, I also have this problem. Age, is yet another cause of calves aching, so you might just be getting old. Once again, I have this problem as well, since I am now 60. I'm in trouble three of three...
Moving along with even yet more causes of calf pain. Wearing improper shoes and socks for every day activities can really make calves ache and get sore. If you have a job that requires you to stand or sit for long periods or the job is a hard labor job then you need the best shoes and socks money can buy, so that you will have adequate support for lower leg muscles. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish and end up spending more to fix the problem than you would to prevent it.
Of course, it might not be work, but working out that is the problem. But wait, I thought you said to exercise the calves. Yes, that's right, however, there is such as a thing as over training and another concern is not preparing the calves properly before exercising. There are specific stretching exercises for the calves that should be done prior to the workout. It's also best to warm them up with some form of cardio exercise such as cycling or other no impact cardio machine. This is one reason why many athletes have problems with calf muscle strains and pulled leg muscles.
Dehydration is another known cause of pain in calves. All of us are familiar with what a charlie horse or severe cramp in the calf feels like. Many times, dehydration is the reason they occur. What are you drinking? It should be good old fashion water and plenty of it. If you don't like drinking more water another option is to eat more water rich fruits and vegetables.
Calf Pain Prevention and Treatment
What to do about calf pain once you find the cause usually isn't difficult, but it will require some effort. For example, to strengthen calves and do calf stretches you will need to make time or it won't get done. It is a matter of priorities. How important is it to you to prevent calf pain? Or maybe it's time to shop for a quality pair of shoes and a few pairs of compression socks that you should have gotten a long time ago. Proper footwear is vital when it comes to not only preventing and treating calf pain, but also improving poor blood circulation in the legs and feet.
Massage is another way you can prevent and treat pain in calves. Whether you do it yourself or manage to get someone else to do it doesn't matter. Or perhaps you can afford a professional massage or invest in a leg massage machine. A leg massage machine when used on a daily basis will help get rid of soreness and aches in calves. To add to this, when there is a calf injury, massage not only alleviates pain, but can speed up recovery time.
Cold and heat therapy is one of the easiest and fastest ways to treat hurting or sore calves. What many people want to know, though, is when to use cold and when to use heat. The time to use cold therapy or an ice pack is immediately after you feel the pain. In case of an injury, cold therapy is always used first to keep swelling to a minimum and to ease the pain. If pain is severe, however, and the ice isn't phasing it, it might be time to seek medical attention.
Heat therapy is used primarily for minor aches and soreness. Heat therapy is used with injuries a couple of days afterward to soothe and relax muscles. Muscles that are in pain typically contract or tense up, so the goal is to relax them. Once the muscles relax you can stretch them and regain range of motion and this is the role that heat plays in calf muscle recovery.
Once again, I want to stress the importance of an effective warm up and stretches, prior to running or any type of intense physical exercise. You should also do a cool down and end withstretching afterward not just walk away and hope that muscles will do it all by themselves. Also, consider wearing a leg compression sleeve for extra support for lower leg muscles, especially when there is already pain present in the calf or you know calf muscles are weak.
A nice hot shower or bath afterward can prevent calf muscle soreness and aches as well. I always take a hot bath and massage calves while in the tub. Massage and heat combined are very effective as prevention, as well as treatment, for most any type of muscle aches and pains.
Lastly, don't forget to rest and elevate legs on a daily basis, especially if you have swelling in the lower legs and feet. More than likely this means you have poor blood circulation. As a result, you can develop spider or varicose veins as well as blood clots. The bottom line is, the better you take care of your body the less chance there is of serious health concerns.
Now that you know what to do about calf pain you just need to do it.