Chronic calf injury!
Hi, ive had a chronic calf injury for over 3 years which was wrongly diagnosed in the first place, Had several pairs of orthotics fitted with no major success, had an MRI scan + nerve conduction test which have not shown up anything. I am a middle distance runner and this injury came on after my first track race of the season. With a week rest it seemed to get better but would come back after my next hard track session or race. The problem gradually got worse and 3 years on its still there. The main site of the injury is about 15cm above the bottle of my heel and goes up along the lateral side of my calf. Cant be compartment syndrom as it gets worse after exercise, strains and tightens up even more the day after vigorous exercise. Anyway last year i wento to see a specialist at the British Oylmpic Medical Centre and he thought it was just a simple calf strain that had not had chance to heel properly after 3 years, So i had an Ultra Sound scan, which showed up 1 micro rupture and 1 micro tear about 5 cm above my achilles. The Dr gave me 2 sets of cortosone injects with 6 weeks in between each set of injections. However this has made things worse and now i have lots of problems walking, but before i had the injections i could still manage 2-4 miles of slow running. Anyway the Dr at the BOMC says that the injections have weakened my calfs and i should now have 2-3 months complete rest to let my injury fully heal. I agree with the diagnosis the ultra sound scan showed up, as its the only concrete evidence that has been presented to me so far as to what the injury is. Could you please give me any advice as to any things that i can do to complement the 2-3 months complete rest that i have been told to have, eg ultra sound, massage etc. What do u consider to be complete rest. Thanks very much for taking the time to to read this message!