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I had a stress fracture of the shin around Easter and started running again mid August. Since then I have built up from 2-3 sessions covering around 10 miles, to 4-5 sessions covering an average of 30 miles p/w.
In the last 2-3 weeks, I have upped the average length of my sessions, but dropped the number so I am doing 2-3 runs of 10 miles plus as I have entered a couple of halfs.
Since I changed my schedule I have experienced some slight cramping of the calf during runs which comes on gradually from about 3 miles in.
Come the morning after my run, I can barely walk to start with, due to a tightness of the calf muscle and the area down towards the achilles tendon. This eases up as the day goes on and doesn't feel right until a couple of days after my run.It feels like someone has tied a big knot in my calf.
I use different shoes (DS Trainer / Adistar Control) based upon the session i'm doing and have had orthotics for at least a year. I also stretch for around 15 minutes before and after running.
What I need to know is who should I go to for getting it sorted? My GP isn't sympathetic to sports injuries (if it hurts then stop running so I don't need to treat you on NHS), or should i pay the extortionate amount to see a private physiotherapist or arrange for a massage?? I've seen a physio before and been mis-diagnosed so am apprehensive about going back.