Numbness in the calves is a very common problem when it comes to running and walking, especially when you are starting out. I am sure that many runners have suffered from the dreaded “tight calf” during their running career. This is a common problem for so many reasons, such as bad footwear, running on pavement, or just a lack of proper training. If you are running with this issue, you are probably trying to figure out how to fix the numbness in your calves.
One of the most common problems with tight calves is poor circulation. This is commonly referred to as “cringe”, and it basically means that your calves feel tight and your feet feel cold. The reason why your calves feel tight and your feet feel cold is because you are restricting circulation in your calves and legs. This results in your calves getting “sucked into the shoes” or your legs getting “caught in the boot”.
Another reason why your calves feel tight and you have cold toes is because your calf muscles have become tight. The tightness in the calf muscles is caused by the stress that the body has put on them. In order to get the blood flowing properly, the muscles must relax. This is one of the biggest causes why people have numb feet and calves when they are running. One way to fix this problem is to improve your calf muscle flexibility, which will allow your muscles to release the tightness that is causing your numbness.
One way to help with tight calves when running is to perform the full foam roller. You can do this exercise by sitting down at a full sit, then lying flat on your back. Roll the inner sole of your foot up onto the top of your thigh. Roll back slowly, and then roll forward again, keeping your feet flat on the floor. Do this for five times, then do two sets of ten, and then roll back down onto your heels.
Another exercise that you can do to help with numb feet and calves while running is the box step. To do this, simply stand with your feet hip distance apart and place your hands on both your knees. Slowly, extend your legs towards the ceiling, and roll your legs out to the side. Then, straighten up, but still keeping your calves and feet together. Roll back down, and repeat.
These are three exercises that can help you fix the problems that you may be experiencing when it comes to tight calves and tight running styles. In addition to performing these exercises each day, it is also important that you take a look at your running style. Try to vary your running style, and try to work on getting a balance between being loose and being tight.
A good way to fix this running style is to perform the same exercise that you used for the “calf raises” above, except instead of stepping up to the edge, you step down on the balls of your feet. You can also try a variation of the box step by doing the exercise in a stair-stepping motion, but this time, extend all the way up to the top of a staircase. After reaching the top of the stairs, immediately step down on your heel, and then again extend all the way down. This will help to get rid of the numbness in your calves and feet that are caused by being really tight in your running style. As well as improving your running style, it will help to prevent injury by giving you more control of your body and leg movements, which is especially useful if you suffer from poor circulation in your legs.
In addition to the methods outlined above, there are other things that you can do to help to fix the tight calf muscles that you may be suffering from. If you do suffer from tight calves when running, it is a good idea to invest in a pair of high quality running shoes. Whilst you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good pair, it’s worth spending a couple of pounds for the better, more supportive shoes. Also, make sure that you stretch and warm up well before each run. It’s always better to be ready than sorry when it comes to preventing injury and reducing the chance of suffering from tight calves when running.