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Sudden pain in foot and calf muscle


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Yesterday, at the end of my walk I thought I was going to get a charlie horse. My calf muscle was starting to pain and tighten. I finished up (since I was almost done) and tried to mildly stretch it out and massage in hopes to not have my muscle seize. And I was fine, today again on my walk about 1/2 way I started a pain in now in my foot and still the calf muscle, but it was again a mild main strain I finished my walking and stretched massaged the foot and calf muscle (I have a 'walk it off' nagging in my head type mentality). 

It is only my right side with the issues, it only pains after about 20-30mins of walking. It is bearable but feels like any second the muscle will seize. Should I just keep walking it off or take a break for a day or two? At this time I am only walking, no other activity. It is on a treadmill with a level 3 incline, at 3.5 speed and 40min duration.

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When I get muscle cramps, they often are still sore and threaten to come back the next day. I'd say keep walking, but don't try more than that. I don't know what a typical workout for you is, but do less than that. Think of it as "active rest".

For cramps, I take a daily dose of magnesium. For other people it's hydration (water) or potassium (bananas). For me, it's magnesium.

Thanks, you know I am terrible when it comes to drinking water though I do drink when I workout, it may not be enough, I wouldn't have thought of that, thanks again :)

Which part of the foot?  That's an important piece of information that I recently discovered myself, because the foot is an incredibly complicated component that we don't really think about.

Mine was on my left foot, in the outside tendon that goes from the tarsal behind my little toe and connects to my heel.  That happened because I jumped too quickly back into distance running without ramping up to it after a 2-week layoff, and also failed to properly stretch and warm up.

Also, depending on the degree of pain and its location, "walking it off" can aggravate the injury further -- as I learned the hard way myself.

In the arch of my foot, pain is just uncomfortable with seconds of tighten muscle pain (I guess the closest I can think to describe it). That I know of I have done nothing to bring it on and just came right out of no where.

Undecided

have you considered potassium levels? Maybe you need a supplement. My honey says when his is low it causes all kinds of muscle cramps and spasms.

It's possible that the cramp in your calf is somehow making you walk funny to compensate and that's having a negative effect on your foot.

Let your foot heal for a couple of days and try walking without an incline.

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Does it hurt in your heel or arches when you step out of bed? If so, it could be plantar fasciitis Roll your arch over a tennis or other small ball and stretch calfs and Achilles tendon area before and after your walk.
Original Post by reneemax:

Does it hurt in your heel or arches when you step out of bed? If so, it could be plantar fasciitis Roll your arch over a tennis or other small ball and stretch calfs and Achilles tendon area before and after your walk.


This is what I was thinking as well for the arch issue. With the calf issue, it could be a "simple" yet painful cramp. For a quick fix, when you feel the escalation of the muscles to a charliehorse, quickly dorsiflex your foot-do not point your toes, but do the opposite, put your foot up toward your shin.

If this continues after you have substantially increased your water (sorry Hollowness, more water!) and tried the other supplements or if the pain suddenly increases, get thee to a Doctor, stat.

Original Post by reneemax:

Does it hurt in your heel or arches when you step out of bed? If so, it could be plantar fasciitis Roll your arch over a tennis or other small ball and stretch calfs and Achilles tendon area before and after your walk.

No pain nor discomfort getting out of bad or the rest of the day just after about 20-30mins for walking on the treadmill. But I'll take the precautions just as well :)

Original Post by brightmoments:

Original Post by reneemax:

Does it hurt in your heel or arches when you step out of bed? If so, it could be plantar fasciitis Roll your arch over a tennis or other small ball and stretch calfs and Achilles tendon area before and after your walk.


This is what I was thinking as well for the arch issue. With the calf issue, it could be a "simple" yet painful cramp. For a quick fix, when you feel the escalation of the muscles to a charliehorse, quickly dorsiflex your foot-do not point your toes, but do the opposite, put your foot up toward your shin.

If this continues after you have substantially increased your water (sorry Hollowness, more water!) and tried the other supplements or if the pain suddenly increases, get thee to a Doctor, stat.

I know, I know ;) thanks, I am terrible sometimes :P

Original Post by weirdfish:

It's possible that the cramp in your calf is somehow making you walk funny to compensate and that's having a negative effect on your foot.

Let your foot heal for a couple of days and try walking without an incline.

I'll try that first (with upping my water intake), and if I still get a pain/discomfort I'll defiantly take a break.

Original Post by breezyautumn:

Undecided

have you considered potassium levels? Maybe you need a supplement. My honey says when his is low it causes all kinds of muscle cramps and spasms.

I will look into this, if I still have issues and discuss with my doctor and ask about supplements if the pain/strain persists. Thanks :)

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The best solution I ave found for dealing quickly and efficiently with cramps is seem thing I learned froma roommate who was an athletic therapist for a pro football organization. It hurts a bit to do it, but stretch out the area, and place ice on it while holding it stretched out. I find it takes about fifteen minutes to work well enough for the cramps either in my arches or along the top of my feet to not come back.

Update: drank 4 glasses of water a couple hours before my walk, didn't have the incline and no pain. So no foot pain but a few (but they may be phantoms since I was concentrating on it the whole time) calf twitches. Thanks all :)

Whoo hoooo!

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