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There's a pain in between my knee and calf


FraserB
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This image shows roughly where the pain is. I've had this pain on my right leg for a number of years now ever since it was thumped playing football, but I haven't really done anything about it because day-to-day it is fine. It only hurts (and by hurts, throbs/aches, not agonising) when...

a) I twist my leg inwards (that is, keep my bum and foot in the same position but twist my knee inwards). This is the main 'hurter'
b) do A LOT of exercise involving running. I went for an 80 mile cycle ride the other day, and it didn't hurt at all either during or after. What does make it hurt is a sport like football which involves loads of sprinting, and even then I can still manage to play a 90 minute game (it aches at the end). However I haven't played a full game for ages now (because of work) but the pain hasn't gone away.
c) When I bring my heel to my buttocks it hurts too.

I am thinking the pain is because of my gastrocnemius muscle (the upper part of the calf muscle), either a really REALLY small tear or a strain. Stretches will heal it I believe, but because the problem is right at the top of the muscle I haven't found any stretches that work, since most calf stretches target the centre of the gastroc.

So my questions are, will general calf stretches help target the top? Are there any stretches that target the top of the calf/knee more? Is my pain even to do with the gastrocnemius?

This is my first post, so thanks for reading 🙂

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Zandalee
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This image shows roughly where the pain is. I've had this pain on my right leg for a number of years now ever since it was thumped playing football, but I haven't really done anything about it because day-to-day it is fine. It only hurts (and by hurts, throbs/aches, not agonising) when...

a) I twist my leg inwards (that is, keep my bum and foot in the same position but twist my knee inwards). This is the main 'hurter'
b) do A LOT of exercise involving running. I went for an 80 mile cycle ride the other day, and it didn't hurt at all either during or after. What does make it hurt is a sport like football which involves loads of sprinting, and even then I can still manage to play a 90 minute game (it aches at the end). However I haven't played a full game for ages now (because of work) but the pain hasn't gone away.
c) When I bring my heel to my buttocks it hurts too.

I am thinking the pain is because of my gastrocnemius muscle (the upper part of the calf muscle), either a really REALLY small tear or a strain. Stretches will heal it I believe, but because the problem is right at the top of the muscle I haven't found any stretches that work, since most calf stretches target the centre of the gastroc.

So my questions are, will general calf stretches help target the top? Are there any stretches that target the top of the calf/knee more? Is my pain even to do with the gastrocnemius?

This is my first post, so thanks for reading 🙂

Welcome to the forum. I am not a doctor of medicine. First, I would consider going a doctor to get nerve testing
To find out what damage has been done i.e. Tear or stress. Rest and stretching "could be a solution". Ouch. Does sound very painful.

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This image shows roughly where the pain is. I've had this pain on my right leg for a number of years now ever since it was thumped playing football, but I haven't really done anything about it because day-to-day it is fine. It only hurts (and by hurts, throbs/aches, not agonising) when...

a) I twist my leg inwards (that is, keep my bum and foot in the same position but twist my knee inwards). This is the main 'hurter'
b) do A LOT of exercise involving running. I went for an 80 mile cycle ride the other day, and it didn't hurt at all either during or after. What does make it hurt is a sport like football which involves loads of sprinting, and even then I can still manage to play a 90 minute game (it aches at the end). However I haven't played a full game for ages now (because of work) but the pain hasn't gone away.
c) When I bring my heel to my buttocks it hurts too.

I am thinking the pain is because of my gastrocnemius muscle (the upper part of the calf muscle), either a really REALLY small tear or a strain. Stretches will heal it I believe, but because the problem is right at the top of the muscle I haven't found any stretches that work, since most calf stretches target the centre of the gastroc.

So my questions are, will general calf stretches help target the top? Are there any stretches that target the top of the calf/knee more? Is my pain even to do with the gastrocnemius?

This is my first post, so thanks for reading 🙂

hello and welcome here.
Whatever remedy you go for after all the tests..please make sure to add high dose vitamin c for at least 3 weeks. Then take a week's break and resume it, repeating till tge condition is resolved. You can start that straight away. I

Vitamin c aids body's healing response especially in condition of bones joints than we can imagine
Its worth reading up on it.
Good luck

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hello and welcome here.
Whatever remedy you go for after all the tests..please make sure to add high dose vitamin c for at least 3 weeks. Then take a week's break and resume it, repeating till tge condition is resolved. You can start that straight away. I

Vitamin c aids body's healing response especially in condition of bones joints than we can imagine
Its worth reading up on it.
Good luck

So true.

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