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Why are my calves so sore?

post #1 of 14
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I skied today for approx 5 hrs straight, sans time on the lift lines and lifts. Now, several hours later my lower calves and the area between the calves and achilies tendon are sore to touch and achy. My quads are usually the sore muscles, not the calves. Any suggestions? Never felt this before.

-Scott
post #2 of 14
I'd imagine it's from holding an aggresive stance.

Try it, when you bend your knees forward it does stretch the lower calf and achilles tendon... as well as flexing your shin muscles.

A good stretch for this is get in the push-up position, cross one leg on top of the other and push down on that leg which is still on the ground... it should stretch. Or you can do the usual stretch against the wall... like this:



Do the same thing (wall stretch) except this time lower your hips downwards while keeping your toes and heels on the floor... this should stretch your achilles...
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'll try it. So far a few Sam Adams' and a hot soak in the tub was the medicine of choice.
post #4 of 14
You might ask a bootfitter for advice, but toe lifts might help!

~Snowmiser~
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Scott K View Post
I skied today for approx 5 hrs straight, sans time on the lift lines and lifts. Now, several hours later my lower calves and the area between the calves and achilies tendon are sore to touch and achy. My quads are usually the sore muscles, not the calves. Any suggestions? Never felt this before.

-Scott
Sorry, I thought "calvesso" as seen in the title of this thread, was a new "Mexican" ( no disrespect intended or given), body part. I attempted to find out which body part it was but alas to no avail. Then I opened the thread and it all became clear. Oh, you must have changed your stance to incure such new pain! Go back to the old stance and it won't happen again. Kinda like the patient who says" it only hurts when I do this", then the doc says, "well don't do THIS!"
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by mkevenson View Post
Sorry, I thought "calvesso" as seen in the title of this thread, was a new "Mexican" ( no disrespect intended or given), body part. I attempted to find out which body part it was but alas to no avail. Then I opened the thread and it all became clear.
Nice. Sounded more Italian to me.
post #7 of 14
Sore calves can be also caused by ..... :

In places like Kansas and Utah, this has a whole different twist ... :
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
New boots = new stance = sore calves?

-Scott
post #9 of 14
Could be the boots. I once rented boots that resulted in really bad cramps in my achilles tendons. Someone more knowledgable than me will have to explain why. I usually have sore calves after a really good day's skiing! In my case it could well be due to a more aggressive stance. I don't usually ski that aggressively, but have the best time when I do (just need someone to push me).
post #10 of 14
Do you have new boots and a new stance for some reason? Have you been keeping in shape and skiing many days this year? Was the snow deep or heavy?
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Scott K View Post
New boots = new stance = sore calves?

-Scott
Yep. Think about how your calves contract and what happens when they do (push down on the front of your foot). Now, think about why you might do that. If you are not in balance neutral in your boots when you're in your natural stance in the boots (typical if you didn't have a boot specialist fit you into your boots), you may very well be out of balance and using those muscles in an effort to feel as though you are in balance.

How was your skiing? Did you notice anything different in terms of how well the skis handled for you?

What boots do you have?

(PS I edited the title to make it easier for folks to read... Now some of the posts won't make sense... Oh, well. )
post #12 of 14

Calves

Is your foot loose in the boot? Is there movement, like your heal lifting?
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Scott K View Post
I skied today for approx 5 hrs straight, sans time on the lift lines and lifts. Now, several hours later my lower calves and the area between the calves and achilies tendon are sore to touch and achy. My quads are usually the sore muscles, not the calves. Any suggestions? Never felt this before.

-Scott
Sore quads are caused by skiing in the backseat. I get sore calves the first day of most seasons, and I think it is caused by some difficulty with my fine balance skills. Once I get a feel for balance, it never bothers me.
Maybe you have progressed from grossly out of balance to struggling with fine balance skills. You should be pleased.

BK
post #14 of 14

Sore Calves

Clenching toes, or toes rammed into the end of the boot, might strain lower calve as well
J
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