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Old 05-08-2009, 02:43 PM
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Need to even out my calves

So I got my cast off yesterday But now my left calf is significantly smaller than my right. I can't do those lifts on the steps (with your feet) cuz it will hurt my foot too much. That's the only exercise I know of to work the calves. Is there any other exercise I can do to make my left calf get bigger?

I have an ankle weight, but I think that will work my thigh more than my calf. Thanks! Oh and its gotta be something where I am sitting or laying down.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:39 AM
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Can you do calf raises standing up, or even sitting down in a chair (you sit in a chair normally, then lift your heel off the ground while keeping your toes on the floor)?

Your calves will even out really fast just by walking I bet so try not to worry too much. I'm so glad your cast is off!
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:19 AM
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No It will hurt my foot too much. What I have is an inflammed nerve in between my 3rd and 4th toes, and the pain radiates down my foot along that line, so that will hurt too much. I can probably do it in a week or so, since I'm getting surgery it doesn't really matter too much if I make it worse or not, but my foot is pretty sore now since its not used to being used.

I just wasn't sure if there was anything else I could do other than calf raises. I guess I will just have to wait it out Oh and my Achilles tendon hurts sooooo bad when I flex my foot away from me (like if I'm trying to stand on my toes). I'm trying to stretch it but it's pretty painful
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:51 PM
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they always revert back to the norm. if direct lifts are a bit much right now. lighter activity like biking would be wonderful. calves generally respond to longer term activity really well. muscles like your quads, biceps and pecs all respond great to weight training in most cases. calves? mmm, not as much. mountain biking up trails is probably the best calf workout i can think of and if that's still a bit much even flat paved easy trails are a great start. it's long term, it's seated, it's fun, and you'll actually continue doing it. strength training your calves has its place though. it's just development seems to happen with longer term activity. it's probably been 3-4 years since i've done calf raises. this is all bike


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Old 05-09-2009, 02:40 PM
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Thanks! I'm gonna try to get to the student rec center tomorrow.
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