but am aware of same niggly annoying horrible knotted feeling that preceded soleus strain about this time last year
am starting sessions with a rehabilitative PT to strengthen various supporting areas and reduce likelihood of recurrence but how bothered should I be? clearly have problems in that area, other leg has an irritable achilles, yet on calf flexibility tests there is no actual tightness as such
Was the cause of the original problem ever found? Have you seen a podiatrist or an osteopath? You might have something which predisposes this, (such as the shape of your feet or ankles, and sometimes tightness/weakness in one part of the body can cause strains somewhere else as your body over-compensates). I'm definitely not an expert by the way, just have an dancer in the family!
thanks everyone - on the other leg the achilles is yucky first thing but improves with exercise
um no, very high arches, have had various gait analyses (running physio and in sweatshop) and I run on my toes which probably doesn't help but at least it makes over pronation next to impossible, my heels rarely touch the ground, physio didn't think I had awful biomechanics or any need for orthotics because it improved when I pretty much stopped running, but my yoga instructor (actually two yoga instructors) and the personal trainer I had a trial session with last week all expressed concern about the degree of external (or is it internal? it is too turned out) rotation from the hip of that leg
maybe it's a hip flexor problem, sometimes it starts a lot further up the chain doesn't it?
I made a big change from running off road to on, got new shoes and increased the volume (not too quickly) at the same time so have always assumed it was the change in type and quantity of miles and the change of shoe
but have been careful to include road work all the way this time and reverted to the brand and type of road shoe I was ok in before