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Injury: Knot in Calf, Robaxin? (Read 1168 times)


gimme some sugar, baby

    Hey all, Sorry this is long, I'm just looking for some advice I'm a little bit banged up at the moment. I always buy the same kind of running shoes over and over (asics 2xxx series) and I had recently bought two pairs that looked exactly the same. Long story short, I put 850+ miles on a pair of shoes that I thought was new and my left shin started feeling really sore. I bought a new pair of shoes (asics 2100s, but a different color) because I wasn't sure which pair was bad. My left shin felt fine at that point and then my entire right lower leg, including my knee, started hurting. I was probably compensating too much for my left leg. Ouch. Anyways, basically over the past three to four weeks I have been inconsistently training, trying to shake my legs out because the pain had only been a soreness, not anything I thought was a major injury until my right leg started hurting badly. Now I'm taking time off and I've discovered I have a gigantic knot in my right calf. When I press on this knot I can feel the pain in my knee and entire right leg that I feel when I run/walk. I feel like this knot is responsible for the pain I'm feeling. I had my girlfriend try to massage it out, but it won't go away (although I almost cried during the massage). At this point I'm just taking time off and riding a stationary bike to stay fit. I have a couple questions for those of you who might know: 1. Could a knot be responsible for all of that pain? 2. Is there a good way to get rid of the knot? 2b. Could taking a muscle relaxant such as robaxin be worthwhile and safe? I've heard this helps your body get rid of knots. I had it prescribed to me by a doctor for something a year ago but I didn't use it (I'm not a druggie, I swear!).
    George: Runner/Law Student
    www.gimme-five.com


    gimme some sugar, baby

      Also, I'd like to point out that I'm: 1) A poor college student getting ready for law school so I can't really afford to pay for expensive massages. 2) Not on my college team... so I don't have any access to a trainer or a "professional" diagnosis.
      George: Runner/Law Student
      www.gimme-five.com
      Mile Collector


      Abs of Flabs

        George, Sorry to hear about your problem. I have no idea what that knot could be. I thought I would reply to bump it up so others might take a crack at it.
          Hey! I have an idea! If you're a college student *right now* why don't you go down to student health? Sure, they're not the best experts, but they're usually (somewhat) better than a kick in the pants!

          Roads were made for journeys...

            Just a wild guess...acute compartment syndrome? An even better guess...student health!! As stated, "better than a kick in the pants" or a knot in the calf for that matter!! If it isn't better today, run (ok, don't run, drive) yourself to student health & have it checked out!!
            So do not get tired and stop trying. - Hebrews 12:3


            gimme some sugar, baby

              Ok, here's my story so far. Student health was a bust, but doctors tend to be that way for most runners. I got the generic "don't run for 6 months to a year and see how you're doing." Yeah, right... So I went and got a (sports, not relaxing) massage. A little painful, but I'm feeling a zillion times better than I did last week. I went from not being able to walk without pain to running an easy mile today and starting to get back into things. The knot in my calf is gone and I feel much better. So if you've got a knot in your calf... look into a sports massage.
              George: Runner/Law Student
              www.gimme-five.com
                Is/was this not up near the back of your knee? If so, is it on the inside or outside of your calf? This could be a possibility...rupture of the plantaris muscle or "Tennis Leg" "Pain varies depending on the severity of the strain. You may simply feel a tightness in one of the muscles. You may feel a dull ache. Or, you may feel sharp, stabbing pains that force you to stop exercising. In particular, a rupture of the plantaris muscle is very painful. If this muscle snaps, it feels like you've been hit in the back of your leg with a rock. Ironically, though, this muscle doesn't have any real function. Even if it doesn't heal, you can get along without it." Check this out... www.americanrunning.org/displayindustryarticle.cfm?articlenbr=1778


                gimme some sugar, baby

                  It was on the inside of the calf, somewhat near the knee but probably an inch away or so. I ran again today and felt pretty good...
                  George: Runner/Law Student
                  www.gimme-five.com
                  Mile Collector


                  Abs of Flabs

                    George, Glad to hear that the problem went away. It's rather annoying that student health asked you to layoff the running for 6 months to a year. Are they out of their minds? That's like not breathing for an hour. When will they learn that runners are stubborn?
                      I too have a knot in my calf, which I noticed a little bit while swimming on Wednesday night, and really noticed this morning on my run. Like the way George's started, it just feels kind of sore right now but I feel like if I kept running on it it would probably start to hurt. It is on the inside of my left calf, about a third of the way to my knee over my ankle. I cut my run short this morning because I didn't want to make it worse. I coincidentally had an appointment scheduled with my massage therapist / chiropractor today (I have slight scoliosis), and I asked the massage therapist to work on it a while. She says - yes, wicked knot and told me to go stretch it. The chiropractor said stretch and ice. Doing some research, I learned that there are TWO muscles in your calf - your gastrocs and your soleus. I don't think I've ever purposely stretched my soleus... and guess where it hurts (at least according to the pictures which show where your soleus is). I'm not really one for self-diagnosis, but I think I know how I screwed this one up... along with some calf extensions on Monday night where I didn't stretch my soleus afterwards. So lesson learned, I think: stretch your soleus (some pics)! Here's to hoping my calf feels better and I can get out running again soon!! Time to give the bike some love.