Has this ever happened to you?: Run training is going well. Your miles and speedwork are increasing. Then, during a session, you feel your calf tightening. Before you can decide whether or not to end your workout early, it happens: you’re stopped in your tracks by a sharp, tearing pain in your calf.
You’ve just had a calf heart attack.
Most commonly seen in MAMILs, this strain or tear in the calf muscle complex can sideline you for weeks. Worse, it can reoccur without warning.
In this comprehensive article by physical therapist Daniel Frey, you’ll learn how to treat these calf injuries and — more importantly — how to address the underlying problems that cause them in the first place.