Jan 06 2014

joauer77

10.5 mths now

Posted at 4:35 AM under Uncategorized

So it’s been a while…… I’m finally walking with no limp :)
But no single heel raise yet. Calf muscle just cramps big time…..any suggestions for that? Both calves cramp up when I do heel raises can only get to three before they both cramp….night cramps are the worst.
I want to jog, but just scared, I DID RAFT THOUGH AND it was great no pain WHILE RAFTING except the NIGHT CRAMP it was worse than child birth SERIOUSLY

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4 Responses to “10.5 mths now”

  1. normofthenorthon 06 Jan 2014 at 1:03 PM 1

    I guess you’ve tried Dr. Google? Or going (back) to an expert — PT, OS, Sports-Med Clinic? I know there are anti-cramping drugs. I think Robax… (backache pills) are anti-spasmodics. For most of us, it’s more of a problem early on, when (1) calf cramps are common, in response to the long immobilization, and (2) they’re scary, because they pull on the injured AT.
    Massage might help, either by you or somebody else. Probably can’t hurt.
    Good luck!

  2. Stuarton 06 Jan 2014 at 2:27 PM 2

    Cramps are often associated with a lack of Magnesium. Magnesium helps to control the electrical stimulus in the muscles. I used to supplement when running ultra marathons and found it helped. I also suggested it to a friend who had night cramps and it fixed him. Taking a calcium supplement with it helps the uptake of Mg so I am told. Don’t worry about the calf raise if it is not happening yet. If you want to build some strength then walking up hill or stairs if you can manage it is good. Glad to hear you have been rafting. We finally made it down our river after the snow thaw in Sept. Our friend is a guide and also instructs new guides so we went as guinea pigs for the students.

  3. loumar747on 07 Jan 2014 at 12:39 AM 3

    Hi joauer77 - I was actually glad to read that you still can’t do single calf raise -not actually glad that you can’t do it but that I guess I’m progressing normally as I cannot yet do the heel lift at 34 weeks. I was also get leg cramps but only in the injured leg. It seemed to happen anytime I try to really stretch the leg - most often the involuntary stretch first thing in the morning. Yes, it does hurt! Get kind of panicked anytime it starts. So I certainly can empathize with you. I’m going to try the magnesium and see if that helps. I think I’ll try the massage route as well. Good luck!

  4. anneon 08 Jan 2014 at 8:39 PM 4

    Hi…

    Congrats on making it this far. I’m 5.5 months post op. I can’t do a single heel lift unless I’m in the AlterG (antigravity treadmill) at 75% of my bodyweight. My calf doesn’t cramp, but when I do heel raise exercises like walking on my toes ( at 50% of my body weight) the first sensation is that my foot will break off or it feels like someone is grabbing my achilles from behind and strangling it. I then start grunting and making noise for 30 seconds. Each time I try it gets worse and worse so then I rest and start again a few days later. I found a massage to be very therapeutic releasing tension and increasing circulation in my leg.

    I too will try the magnesium, thanks Stuart.

    Good luck! Keep us posted on your progress.

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