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Calf Muscle Cramping - Unable to run / climb hills

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  • Posted By: VirtualRichard
  • January 13, 2009
  • 02:42 AM

If I try and walk quickly, run or climb steep hills I get immediate and strengthening cramping in my calf muscles (like strong lactic acid build-up). This is accompanied by string stiffening of tendon in my ankles until I quickly reach the point where I have to rest.

I am in discomfort 24hrs a day. I also have painful, stiff ankle joints, sore lower back (L6).

To add to this, I have incredibly sore feet to the point where the end of the day brings terrible pain in the soles of my feet. I cannot stand for too long (e.g. bus stops), so even if I don't run etc. and don't get calf muscle cramping, I will get terrible foot pain from walking.

Can't win in other words.

I have had the following tests, all with negative or normal results:

Angiogram for intermittent claudication
Ultrasound for blood flow in legs
EEG for neurological functioning
ECG for heart (twice)
CT Scan for head / brain
MRI Scan for full spine
Magnesium levels blood test
HIV / STD all clear
Lots of blood tests I don't know the details for but can say they are the standard set of tests vascular would carry out

I have had Physiotherapy, Myofacial, Chiropathy, Osteopathy treatments and none have worked.

I am taking magnesium supplements (100% daily) to try that approach with no results so far.

I hope someone can suggest something as not being able to exercise is badly affecting my health.

Regards,

Richard

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  • i suggest to try a podiatrist (foot specialist) .. in case the way your are walking or something about your foot structure is involved in this. You may need shoe inserts or something.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 08:40 AM
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  • It does sound as if you might need some orthotics.I can't explain your calf pain with exercise.I just knew it was going to be intermittent claudication.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 04:22 PM
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  • Ok im going to school to be an athletic trainer. I had the same issues when i tried doing track in high school. i had always been very athletic and from my point of view, you need to do some self help things for your issue. here are some things to try* HEAT. use a heating pad, or hydroculator to losen up the muscles before you exercise.*STRETCH. do as many calve stretches as possible. and flex and point your feet to stretch feet and calves.* when you feel like you have extreme lactic acid build up, it helps to lay down on you back, butt pushed against a wall with your legs extended up against the wall. that will help the build up.*ICE. never ice before exercise. but icing afterward will help ease any pain or soreness after running. it reduces swelling and helps heal all kinds of muscle injuries.Most of all See a Doctor and see about getting orthodics!!You do not need to be extremely flat footed to get them. i used to have the same issue of calfpain, shin splint-like symptoms, pain in my feet, and it would feel like my feet were on fire hot with pain after running. i later found out that altho im not completely flat footed and have a small arch, my feet were rolling inward causing total imbalance of my posture. orthodics have change my mother and my own's lives.Hope i could help! good luck! :)
    JSant14 9 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 06:10 PM
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  • If I try and walk quickly, run or climb steep hills I get immediate and strengthening cramping in my calf muscles (like strong lactic acid build-up). This is accompanied by string stiffening of tendon in my ankles until I quickly reach the point where I have to rest. I am in discomfort 24hrs a day. I also have painful, stiff ankle joints, sore lower back (L6). To add to this, I have incredibly sore feet to the point where the end of the day brings terrible pain in the soles of my feet. I cannot stand for too long (e.g. bus stops), so even if I don't run etc. and don't get calf muscle cramping, I will get terrible foot pain from walking. Have you had your thyroid checked? Sore/stiff feet and ankles can be a symptom of low thyroid. I have fibromyalgia, and it manifests frequently with tender bottoms of feet, stiff ankles or foot pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2010
    • 02:15 AM
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  • If I try and walk quickly, run or climb steep hills I get immediate and strengthening cramping in my calf muscles (like strong lactic acid build-up). This is accompanied by string stiffening of tendon in my ankles until I quickly reach the point where I have to rest. I am in discomfort 24hrs a day. I also have painful, stiff ankle joints, sore lower back (L6). To add to this, I have incredibly sore feet to the point where the end of the day brings terrible pain in the soles of my feet. I cannot stand for too long (e.g. bus stops), so even if I don't run etc. and don't get calf muscle cramping, I will get terrible foot pain from walking. Can't win in other words. I have had the following tests, all with negative or normal results: Angiogram for intermittent claudicationUltrasound for blood flow in legsEEG for neurological functioningECG for heart (twice)CT Scan for head / brainMRI Scan for full spineMagnesium levels blood testHIV / STD all clearLots of blood tests I don't know the details for but can say they are the standard set of tests vascular would carry out I have had Physiotherapy, Myofacial, Chiropathy, Osteopathy treatments and none have worked. I am taking magnesium supplements (100% daily) to try that approach with no results so far. I hope someone can suggest something as not being able to exercise is badly affecting my health. Regards, RichardAny luck with magnesium tablets as I also suffer from the same proble/ Rgds
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2010
    • 04:05 AM
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