Calf Pain or Achilles Pain is associated with pain from the base of the heel (where the Achilles tendon attaches) all the way up to the calf muscle itself. It generally starts with stiffness with minor discomfort in the morning, which disappears with activity but may return after a period of rest. The pain will gradually get worse to the point where activity levels decrease and quality of life is impacted. Pain usually occurs 4-6 months before patients seek treatment. These conditions are commonly associated with the older athlete, however more frequently are we seeing it affecting the younger population, particularly children. This can be linked to their participation in multiple sports at the one time, usually high impact in nature.
The risks factors that increase the likelihood of you suffering from Calf Pain and Achilles Pain include:
· Tight calf muscles
· Pronated or supinated foot type
· Return or increase in training load
· Participation in multiple high impact sports (children)
· Poor or old footwear