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Finicky Calves

As I had predicted, the steroids the doc gave me for the foot didn't help much. I saw him again and he felt around more, finally finding the sensitive spot just behind my outer ankle bone (the lateral malleolus for those of you who are medically inclined.) Seems like it may be my peroneal tendon/muscle, which is an overuse injury (of course). It can also be caused by tight calves (which the doc noted I had while he was flexing my foot around), so I have lots of stretching and massaging in my future.

Also, super sexy KT taping!
I did the math, and I was definitely dancing more in the winter, but I am doing more pointe which does a nice number on the calves, so I think that's my problem. I'm going to have to be religious about massaging and stretching my calves at night.

Things that are worrying me, though? Our spring showcase. As of discussions right now, I may be in as many as NINE numbers (two tap, three ballet/ballet-esque, and four jazz!) AHHHHHH.

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  1. I dig your tapes. I'm wearing blue today ;)

    Have you tried foam roller yet? It might be just what your tight calves need. It relaxes and softens the fascia around the muscles. There are plenty videos in YouTube to get started, if you aren't familar with the roller yet. It helps me to keep my itb band issues alot (which is a derivative of my plantar fasciitis...).

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    1. Haha, thank you ;) I'm going to have to hunt down more fun colors!

      I do try to use a foam roller, but I need to be more regular about it (boo). I am hopeless as far as having a proper schedule.

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This was inevitable...

So....the PRP didn't work.

That's a bit of a lie, it worked a little bit (things are less "crunchy"), but not well enough that I'm better and able to dance. No, in fact, the doctor that gave me the PRP injection actually recommended that I go see an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in foot/ankle problems. Good times.

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