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Excessivly Tight Calf and Foot Falling Asleep... - 2012/04/10 10:33

This has not happened to me, but I googled "running calf tight foot falling asleep" and see a lot of similar posts. Some say that inflexibility of the calf muscles can lead to this. Other posts mentioned something called "compartment syndrome." Other recommended calf sleeves (these helped me with calf soreness a couple years ago. Sorry can't provide any other help.

Post edited by: rcblu2, at: 2012/04/10 10:33

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Re:Excessivly Tight Calf and Foot Falling Asleep... - 2012/04/10 12:23

The foot falling asleep has happened to me a few times, but only at my longest of distances. I assumed it was a circulation or fatigue issue, but never really worried too much since it was so rare. BTW - I too wear orthotics.

On the calf tightness (shin splints), that's another story. I had to get serious after experiencing a couple of setbacks that sidelined me. Now, I see it as a top priority. Strengthening and stretching the calves, before and after running, is a must. Even so, I occasionally feel tightness when I run. When I do, I try to take it a little easier, shorten stride, etc... Keep us posted on your progress solving this.

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Re:Excessivly Tight Calf and Foot Falling Asleep... - 2012/04/10 16:12

Thanks for the advice... I'll look into the sleeves and google the combo of issues.

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Re:Excessivly Tight Calf and Foot Falling Asleep... - 2012/04/10 16:14

I am using a trigger point roller that seems to help, but apparently I am not doing it for long enough. I always stretch them before I run, but apparently not enough. What I've started doing is about 1/2 mile into my run I stop and stretch my calves again. Thanks!

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Re:Excessivly Tight Calf and Foot Falling Asleep... - 2012/04/10 21:41

Really tight calf muscles gave me bursitis in my heel...I went to physical therapy and got some proper stretches, she showed me how to get max benefit from the stretches, and that really made a big difference for me.

I stretch at least twice a day, run or no. I also took up yoga (a bit intermittently, granted), and I've learned a lot of stretches in the classes that I use to develop more flexibility overall. I've never been flexible at all, and as we age that only gets worse.

I have no idea what may be happening to make your foot numb, but stretching correctly and frequently may help you, and it can't hurt if you're stretching correctly. Who knew it was possible to stretch "wrong", but those few sessions of PT have really helped me out.

Good luck, hope you're able to narrow down your issue and get it resolved.

Kathy Stenson
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Re:Excessivly Tight Calf and Foot Falling Asleep... - 2012/04/11 16:14

Thank you, Kathy!

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