15 years old compartment syndrome?

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For the past 6 or so months my right calf has been really tight but I’ve kind of got used to the pain but it’ll be sore even when I’m walking when I’m out with my mates.

Maybe it’s my running style because I’ve land on my toes a lot instead of the middle of my feet.
 

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Even now as I’m sitting in school it’s sore and tight probably because I was running to school but that was only for 4 minutes.

But as I said I just ignore the pain but I just don’t want it to get too serious, and is it actually CS or just tight calves ?
 

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For the past 6 or so months my right calf has been really tight but I’ve kind of got used to the pain but it’ll be sore even when I’m walking when I’m out with my mates.

Maybe it’s my running style because I’ve land on my toes a lot instead of the middle of my feet.

Technically everyone is supposed to run on their toes.

If you are worried and it’s causing you trouble for training then definitely get a medical professional to look at it. You might just not be warming up, and cooking down properly.
 

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I had a similar issue when I was around 16, thinking I had the dreaded compartment syndrome, my leg was seizing and going numb. I wasn’t warming up properly before runs, often the fastest mile of my run was the first one. Also not warming down and stretching at all. It took me a good 6 months total rest before I felt right again.

When I returned I made sure I did 10 minutes slow before a session and 10 minutes easy at the end with a little stretch.

I put mine down to overtraining, not building up my training properly and not warming up or down. Hope this helps
 

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Are you warming up correctly?

Try searching for Soleus Muscle warm ups. It's the muscle that holds the back of your calf to the Achilles (if memory serves). People running on their toes can often pull it if not warmed up.
 

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For the past 6 or so months my right calf has been really tight but I’ve kind of got used to the pain but it’ll be sore even when I’m walking when I’m out with my mates.

Sound advice above about the importance of warming up. If a proper warm up routine doesn't alleviate symptoms get the matter assessed by a medical professional or a sports therapist.
Don't mention compartment syndrome to them. Let them make a diagnosis based only on the evidence of your symptoms. Best of luck.
 

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THanks guys I’ll need to warm up more for sure
 

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I had a similar issue when I was around 16, thinking I had the dreaded compartment syndrome, my leg was seizing and going numb. I wasn’t warming up properly before runs, often the fastest mile of my run was the first one. Also not warming down and stretching at all. It took me a good 6 months total rest before I felt right again.

When I returned I made sure I did 10 minutes slow before a session and 10 minutes easy at the end with a little stretch.

I put mine down to overtraining, not building up my training properly and not warming up or down. Hope this helps
10 months of 0 exercise or just no running ?
 

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10 months of 0 exercise or just no running ?

It took me 6 months no running at all, every few weeks I’d try and easy run and see how it felt but I was consistently not ready to start again. I still done other phys just not running. The key to training is to not rush. I started warming up afterwards doing my first mile at around 10 min/mile pace then picking the pace up from there. Give yourself a few weeks and see how you feel, if not a few more and just go from there but it did take me a while, doesn’t mean it will with yourself.
 

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Ok so I managed to pull up a journal article about Compartment Syndrome.

To start off with:

IF YOUR INJURY IS CAUSING YOU PROBLEMS, GO SEE A PROFESSIONAL!
As convinient as it is to ask a question here and hope that it fixes your problem it is much more wise to go see a professional who can examine you there and then. I used to ask questions online and it did not benefit me in any way.

Anyway:

I'm going to focus on the part about differential diagnosis of the condition. The article i've attached has loads of information about what Compartment Syndrome is, its symptoms, risk factors on developing the condition, how its treated and recovery post-treatment. The article is a good read and may be helpful for people who have confirmed they have Compartment syndrome and would like more information on it.

So reading this article there anre many other causes for a similar pain and its broken down into the following catagories:
  • Vascular (Blood Vessels)
  • Bone
  • Musclular
  • Neurlogic (Nerves)
I'm just going to list the potential other conditions because 1) i am not qualified to talk about the conditions in depth and 2) The post will be too long.

Vascular Causes
  • Popliteal Artery Entrampment Syndrome
  • Popliteal Artery aneurism
  • Deep Vain Thrombosis
Bone
  • Stress fractures
Muscular/Soft Tissue
  • Strains
  • Tendonopathy
Neuroligic
  • Nerve entrapments
(Wuellner et al, 2017)

Another cause for your pain could just simply be tight lower leg muscles. The cure? Mobility work like stretching and rolling.

I might have dragged on a bit but i want the main take away point from my reply is that many things in sport and exercise is not always black and white. I'm not here to say you have any of the above. Im nowhere near qualified for that. Its just there to prove a point about how diverse things like this can be. I mean I haven't even scratched the surface. I could go on about biomechanics (I won't. Its boring)

Hope this helps someone :)
 

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