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Foot Pain During Calf Raises

I’ve never done a lot of direct calf work, and today I started doing some. One thing I noticed though, was that during standing, and donkey calf raises (the 2 kinds I was doing high reps of) I would get a shooting pain, and felt like it was going to cramp up in my plantar fascia (tendon down middle of foot).

It was to the point where I had to stop lifting. Is this something which will go away with more work or something that I’m doing wrong?

same thing happens to me, not sure why but it is annoying

Happens to me when I do seated calf raises but not standing ones. Reason being: I have no clue.

Try rolling it with a tennis ball. It fixed the problem for me.

I don’t know where the tendon fascia is or what it is… but if the pain is on under side of your foot, in the arch of your foot, the reason probably is that your “the muscles of under side of your feet” are too weak.

I am sorry about my english, I had this problem too, but I can’t translate into english. Mine hurted when I did heavy seated calf raises. I never had this when standing. Anyway I think it is because your lack of calf training, your sole?muscles aren’t used to this load.

So you have to make them to be able to stand that load, either lower weight and high reps (and gradually try to increase weight each week) or standing calf raises (at least I didn’t have problem with them)

How many of you guys that replied having this same issue are flat-footed? I am and have this issue now and again. When it’s bad, I have to walk on the side of my foot. I have always attributed this to my flat footedness.

Footedness…is that even a word?

My feet aren’t flat, I have a decent arch there :slight_smile: For me what I described was the problem not anything else.

Normal arch here, never had any sort of foot problems before

I have flat feet, but have been wearing orthodics for 5 years. I had the cramping up problem after I partially tore my plantar fascia. I had the problem in both feet though after I started walking for the first time in 2 months.

There is a possibility you are aggravating the plantar fascia or latent trigger points in the foot flexors.

Here are the TrP pain patterns for the http://www.latrobe.edu.au/podiatry/myofasc/gastrocnemius.html , and for the http://www.latrobe.edu.au/podiatry/myofasc/soleus.html

Your best bet it to see a massage/physical therapist who does Trigger point massage and who understands structure imbalances. Then get on a regular stretching program, I recommend a active isolated technique after training and on off days.

[quote]chriscarani wrote:
There is a possibility you are aggravating the plantar fascia or latent trigger points in the foot flexors.

Here are the TrP pain patterns for the http://www.latrobe.edu.au/podiatry/myofasc/gastrocnemius.html , and for the http://www.latrobe.edu.au/podiatry/myofasc/soleus.html

Your best bet it to see a massage/physical therapist who does Trigger point massage and who understands structure imbalances. Then get on a regular stretching program, I recommend a active isolated technique after training and on off days.
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forgot the post tib http://www.latrobe.edu.au/podiatry/myofasc/tibialisposterior.html