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#26 123tree

Posted 15 March 2019 - 04:50 PM

OP I go through periods of similar. I have found that going to the chiropractor helps. I am of the personal opinion that chiro’s are quackery but it works so do it anyway.

#27 ~strawberry~

Posted 15 March 2019 - 06:49 PM

I get very tight calf muscles which will ache and lead to feet cramping really easily. I can get relief through massage and Magnesium, but the best and quickest relief for me is to stand on the edge of a step facing up the step, hold onto something and drop my heels down over the edge. I hold for about 30 sec and it will stop the cramping.

I'd personally see a myotherapist over a physio as you sound like you need the massage relief that you'll get more of from a myo. They can also give you exercises, and some are trained in dry needling.

#28 Tetinks

Posted 15 March 2019 - 07:04 PM

Magnesium - get the gel and rub it in

#29 2004member

Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:19 PM

I've googled and I agree it sounds a lot like compartment syndrome. I'm going to see a physio next Tuesday.

#30 Tinky Winky Woo

Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:50 PM

I was having a few leg issues similar to yours last year.  I thought it was my chair at work, may have been.  However, I ended up been diagnosed with T2 and with a change of diet and exercise the issues have almost stopped completely.

#31 StudyMum

Posted 16 March 2019 - 01:05 PM

I've had issues with my calves forever and got to the point that I could barely walk fast, let alone run. Over the years saw plenty of physios who all treated the calves and nothing else. Finally saw someone new who floated the idea of compartment syndrome (I too ticked every box for it) and I went to see a specialist for it who was on the fence as to whether or not I actually had it.

In the weeks leading up to the testing (I suggest you google it to get an idea of what is required - not pleasant) I was under strict instructions to try and aggravate the calves as much as possible to get an accurate result in the test. During this time I also randomly did something to my back and headed off for a remedial massage.

A couple of days after the massage I was walking briskly to work when it hit me - I had no pain. All the issues I had been having for 2+ years gone. I'm talking walking around in the shops at a slow pace trying not to cry out due to the agony in my calves and feet. Since then I have kept up regular massage for both my legs and back and it's kept it all at bay. I'm still tight but nowhere near as bad.

I'd really look at getting everything looked at (get a full body remedial massage, chiro alignment (not for everyone I know but works for me), work on stretching through yoga and pilates) before going down the compartment testing road.

And see a specialist sports doctor for diagnosis - not a physio.

#32 Bearynice

Posted 16 March 2019 - 01:14 PM

Obviously see a professional for advice and investigation.

You mention you are a teacher... is it young kids you teach? I only ask as I can experience similar symptoms with working with young kids ( desks are small, things are low down, chairs are small)
If I’m aware of looking after my lower back I try to use a regular chair and support my back, sitting when I can

I know you said you have orthotics, but one that that really helps my legs is my frankie4 shoes.
On days I don’t wear those my legs are terrible

#33 2004member

Posted 16 March 2019 - 09:34 PM

Thanks to everyone who has offered ideas.

Can I ask what you mean by T2? Is that T2 diabetes you were diagnosed with?

On suggestion of my podiatrist I purchased three new pairs of shoes, one for home, one for work and one for sport. I wear them the majority of the time and they were expensive! They are all shoes that are supposed to support my feet more and accommodate the orthotics.

Today I wore one of those pairs of shoes and my arches were aching just standing up helping DH with something.

I teach older kids and try not to bend down as much anymore. I get them to come to me a lot and try to sit as much as possible. Nothing helps.

I had a massage this week and asked her to focus on my legs. It felt great but didn't help the next day.

I also remembered that I do have a lower back issue but I just can't see how that can cause all these issues. This all started six years ago at a sporting event I played in and has never gone away.

#34 Di-NO-ZO

Posted 16 March 2019 - 10:01 PM

View Post2004member, on 16 March 2019 - 09:34 PM, said:

I had a massage this week and asked her to focus on my legs. It felt great but didn't help the next day.

I also remembered that I do have a lower back issue but I just can't see how that can cause all these issues. This all started six years ago at a sporting event I played in and has never gone away.

Disclaimer:  I have no qualifications in this - other than being a long term sufferer of various back/hip/leg/feet issues.

Just two points - firstly if the pain is as severe as you say and been going on for a long time a single massage/physio session is not really going to achieve a lot.  Expect to need a series of sessions, frequency will depend on the issue and how your body responds.

Also, the massage was focused on your legs so it may have given relief but not addressed the cause.  

You have to think of your muscular skeletal system as one big chain.  You can have an issue in your lower back and it will set off a chain reaction and appear as pain somewhere else.  A very simplistic example is imagine that your lower spine is out of alignment resulting in 1 hip being a bit higher than the other.  This means one leg is slightly shorter and your hips and legs have to accomodate for this when you walk.  This imbalance could result in your calves having to work harder/differently and cause muscle fatigue.  So the back alignment may not be painful itself but the chain reaction it sets off causes pain to present elsewhere.

If at all possible I would suggest looking for a multidisciplinary clinic.  The place I go to has a physio, podiatrist & remedial massage all under one roof and they can talk to each other  and develop a treatment plan together if necessary.  After years of seeing separate practitioners for a series of separate but interconnecting issues, this has been ideal for me.

Sports med GPs are also worth their weight in gold.  If you can, check out their CVs online and look for people who do or used to work with professional athletes.  If you are in Melbourne I can recommend some.

#35 *Spikey*

Posted 17 March 2019 - 10:14 AM

The lower back has the major sciatic nerve going through it, and then down your legs.

Is it possible that the pain you are feeling is related to that?

Discuss that with the physio when you go - it may not be, or it could be indirectly as a PP has suggested.

Either way, you are looking at multiple visits to get this sorted, it won't disappear and stay away from a single visit and you can expect consequential movement of pain and stiffness, etc, as your body adjusts to your treatment.

#36 StudyMum

Posted 17 March 2019 - 12:10 PM

Mine started after hurting my back during a 7 day cycling event 2 years ago. I never even connected the two things until I got the massage on my back and the pain went as the back pain seemed to sort itself out.

The biggest issue for me with physio/massage prior to the back massage that sorted it was that all the focus was on my glutes/jammies/calves. The pain was actually being cause by extremely tight muscles in my middle/upper back that then pulled through everything lower down.

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