Repetitive Strain Injury/achillies and calf issues


Daughter is a college athlete during practice heard a pop and was unable to walk on her right side.  Trainer thought pulled solues  Schools Dr thought torn Achilles. Had ultra sound done on Achilles
No tears found.  therapy being done  on Achilles for two weeks now but still can not run without getting knots in her calf and pain still present at top of Achilles. Still hurt to be on tip toe

Hi Kristi,

As an athlete it is very common for her to have a repetitive strain injury of the muscles, and given the description you gave, I'd say that her calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) are shortened due to spasms in the muscle fibers.

If you go to, on the Home Page you can read all about repetitive strain injuries. I suggest you also read the sections titled "Muscles and Pain" and "What's Happening Exactly."  All of these sections will give you a lot of good information as to why she's in pain and what needs to be done.

If you go to the Muscle and Pain forum you may also find more information that will help you.  The bottom-line is that the calf muscles really need to be released as they are putting a strain on the Achilles tendon.  It's like pulling your hair at the end and then your scalp hurts. When the muscle is pulling on the tendon, the tendon will get tight and the insertion point will hurt.

Your daughter can either go to a massage therapist, especially one who is trained to do trigger point therapy, or she can learn how to self-treat so she can release the tension any time it re-occurs (which will likely happen since she is an athlete).

Please feel free to contact me again if you need more help.

Wishing you well,
    Julie Donnelly  

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Julie Donnelly, LMT


I can accept questions that relate to chronic or acute pain caused by muscle spasms and contractions. Repetitive Strain Injury is actually Cumulative Trauma to muscles. Releasing the spasm &/or contraction will relieve the strain that is felt at the insertion point on the bone. I am the co-developer of the unique safe-stretching program "Focused Flexibility Training," which combines easy instruction for self-treating spasms throughout your body with proven yoga stretches. I have recently authored two new books: "The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution," and "The Secret to Your Best Golf Game EVER!


Since 1989 I have been working with endurance athletes and individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. I have authored seven self-treatment books and three self-treatment DVDs and I have developed the Julstro System for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, Trigger Finger, and other Hand/Wrist pain. I am a national and international presenter at conventions, seminars, and workshops. Principle topics are "Work Shouldn't Hurt," and "The Pain Free Athlete." In 2005 and 2006 I was the massage therapist for ultracyclists competing in the Race Across America (RAAM) 3000+ mile race from San Diego, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. I've taught the Julstro techniques to physical therapists at the Cleveland Clinic, to massage therapists in areas around the USA, and I've taught Julstro self-treatment clinics to dancers at Juilliard School of Performing Arts (NYC),the sprinting team at NC State, and I am working closely with several Olympic-hopeful. We have successfully eliminated the repetitive strain injuries that could keep them out of the Olympic Games, and the best part is they know how to do the self-treatments so they can stay pain-free and flexible.

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Swedish Institute of Allied Health, NY, NY - Initial education in massage therapy Licensed NYS Massage Therapist since 1989. SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY - B.Sc. degree in Interdisciplinary Health Education I was an Associate Professor helping to develop the massage training program for SUNY Rockland Community College

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Privacy prevents me from filling in this section without prior consent from my clients. Life Experience: I have been specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries since receiving my NY massage license in 1989. A personal bout with carpal tunnel syndrome was the catalyst to my developing a self-treatment that heals the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome quickly and without surgery. My work with endurance athletes was the inspiration to teach people how to self-treat so they could stop pains even during a race or heavy training day. Both of these situations ultimately became the products that are sold on my websites: and I currently treat people in my offices in Sarasota, FL, Cary, NC, or Pearl River, NY

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