Lactic Aceeed!

January 12, 2014

Hamza asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:


My problem is that when I jog for a short period of time or do brisk walking I develop lactic acid in my calves.And I have no idea why this happens even though I warm up and stretch. Also the bottom of my calves feel sore and feel like they are pulling and are tight when I move my foot inwards.

Any advice on what to do?

I have also been diagnosed with flat feet and shin splints. However I believe I do not have shin splints from reading the symptoms. I was told recently by the GP that I need to stretch at least twice a day and that I should do this before warming up. But I have been told otherwise.Should I stretch first or warm up first? Also should I do nothing for now and wait until my calves no longer feel sore.Also I wanted to find out the pricing of physiotherapy?


January 12, 2014

Hi Hamza

Lactic acid is a by product when you force the muscle to work really, really hard and can’t get enough oxygen. So to feel it when you either jog or walk, is in itself pretty unusual.

However, what you think is lactic acid build up may well not be….

There are a few things that can mimic the feeling ranging from over stretched calf muscles, due to poor foot posture (flat feet), irritated neural tissue (sciatic nerve) or poor haemodynamics (poor blood supply from excessive smoking).

Have a try walking in good, supportive shoes – and see if it makes a difference. Or even try walking bare footed to see if it makes you worse – possibly supporting a poor foot mechanics issue, either way stop stretching!

We’re a very reasonable £78 for the initial houris consultation and treatment. I’m sure we can tell yuo what’s wrong and more importantly, why.


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