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Old 03-11-2013, 02:40   #1
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I'm wondering if any of you have dealt with progressively (over 12 years) tighter and more painful calves. I run short distances and stretch regularly but bending is becoming harder and harder due to the tightness in my legs. The rheumatologist couldn't find a reason for it but says that I have the flexibility of an 80-year-old in a 45-year-old body.
Could this be related to diabetes/blood sugar?
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I may be way off base, but are you by chance taking a statin for cholesterol? Statins can cause all kinds of muscle damage/pain/weakness; I gave 'em up when I began losing strength in my arms/hands.

Professional athletes suffering from familial hypercholesterolaemia rarely tolerate statin treatment because of muscular problems

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Shanny,
Thanks for trying but, no, my cholesterol is good and I'm not taking statins.
I think I'm hoping I'll get a dozen responses from people saying "Yes! When I got my blood sugar under control, I immediately regained all the flexibility in my legs, my hip and back pain disappeared, IBS cleared up, cavities went away, started sleeping well, became incredibly energetic, rash-free and happy-go-lucky!"
I know... that's a tall order. Thanks, though.
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It is true high blood sugars can cause stiffness. Even running high every so often will keep everything tight. If you keep very good blood sugars you may get some flexibility back. I am more flexible now that my sugars are in extremely good control but I am by no means a very flexible person.

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I have this, especially in the left leg, but I don't have any high blood sugar. What I do have is pretty advanced calcification of the left knee. The first suggestion of the doctor who diagnosed that was stretching and the first stretch he mentioned was the calf muscle. I thin the two are related.

In my case a little stretching - which I hadn't been doing for far too long - helps a lot, though.

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I had a funky HAMSTRING, this weekend. I really have not done anything to cause that. I take Mg, too.

I think it is simply compromised cell respiration.

Soldier on, is the only thing I can think to do ...

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High blood glucose even previous to diagnosis can damage small blood vessels that go to tendons and cause similar pain to tendonitis. Aging cause faster inflammation and muscle soreness, less ability to repair, less hormonal positive signaling which produce more sarcopenia, diabetes can augment them. Metabolic syndrome can cause mitochondria dysfunction with the use of energy. Defects in the power house of the cell energy center can create havoc in muscles. This disruption can starve the energy supply to cells. LCHF diet switching your fuel to fat can help some overcome this energy disruption. Exercising can help overcome the damage of old age and diabetes.

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I have tight calf muscles, so much so that my ankle flexibility is pathetic, I can barely get 90 degrees outta them. My physical therapist said that the type of shoes I wear and how I sit makes the problem worse.

Basically by wearing shoes with any amount of raised heel (which even athletic shoes have), keeps the calf muscle in a shortened state. High heels are the worst offender but I don't wear those.

On top of that I sit most of the day and I don't keep my heels on the floor (I cross my feet) which against keeps the calf muscle from ever fully extending.

I have switched to wearing true flats (or barefoot) most of the day and have changed how I sit at work which has helped cut down on the calf cramping. There are also exercises one can do to help combat the problem* but they don't work miracles, if you spend all day with your calves in the shortened position, they can't correct for that...

I also take magnesium, potassium and supplement sodium to prevent cramping as low-carbing can worsen an electrolyte imbalance.

Here are some stretches I do:

* Stand on a stair and with your heels over the back, drop your heels down. If you don't have stairs, roll up a towel and
put the balls of your feet on it, then drop your heels off the back (while standing in front of the wall to stabilize yourself).

* Stand facing the wall and put the balls of one foot against the wall with your heel on the floor, see how steep of an angle you can get.

* Sit on the floor and put a towel or workout band around the ball of one of your feet, pull on the towel to gently stretch your toes back towards you.

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"Basically by wearing shoes with any amount of raised heel (which even athletic shoes have), keeps the calf muscle in a shortened state. High heels are the worst offender but I don't wear those. "

I have switched to the new "minimal shoes," for precisely this reason! If you look at any athletic shoe catalogue, even NB now makes several! And they definitely have lower heels! Love them -- I wear a couple pairs for everyday and they are COMFY!

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"Basically by wearing shoes with any amount of raised heel (which even athletic shoes have), keeps the calf muscle in a shortened state. High heels are the worst offender but I don't wear those. "

I have switched to the new "minimal shoes," for precisely this reason! If you look at any athletic shoe catalogue, even NB now makes several! And they definitely have lower heels! Love them -- I wear a couple pairs for everyday and they are COMFY!
I've started wearing a brand of shoes called"fit flops." They take a little getting used to-- but really help to gently stretch the calf while walking. I've got a winter pair and a summer pair. Very helpful.

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