Anyone else get sore calf muscles after riding?

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4/20/2021 8:01 PM

The last two times I rode I've woken up the day after with a very sore right calf muscle. Didn't crash either ride, and nothing weird happened with kickstarting the bike either (its a 250 smoker). Just a usual day of riding.

Trying to think of anything I am doing wrong like not squeezing the tank enough with my knees? I'm bad about not using the balls of my feet off jumps, so I can't see where I've like over extended that muscle when landing hard. I'm literally not sure what I'm doing to cause the soreness.

Has anyone else experienced this and what ended up being the issue?


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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
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1989 KX125 resto
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4/20/2021 8:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/20/2021 8:12 PM

Just gonna add that I had this happen with two different brands of boots; Fox Instincts and also Gearne SG12s. Neither pair of boots is tight at the top. I wear OG asterisk knee braces and they do not feel tight when I have them on.

I also drink about 3 liters of water a day, sometimes more when riding.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/20/2021 8:21 PM

I used to get a sore left calf after riding eventually it got worse and worse then started cramping in the middle of the night a few months later. Nothing I did would help it

When it became swollen and patchy red I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis from heel to my groin

If it becomes swollen or starts cramping for no reason please go get checked.

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4/20/2021 9:08 PM

Yeah i'd go get checked out bud, calf soreness for no reason can be not good.

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Cheers, Crush
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4/20/2021 9:39 PM

Try magnesium.

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4/21/2021 3:32 AM

I know years ago after switching up my riding style, meaning riding mostly on the balls of my feet I had gotten sore calves but soon subsided shortly there after.

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4/21/2021 4:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2021 4:35 AM

I get doms in my calves from riding on balls of my feet, especially after riding a Sandy track.
Maybe just doms but as others have said, if it swells get it checked out dude, can’t be too careful.

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4/21/2021 6:26 AM

Crush wrote:

Yeah i'd go get checked out bud, calf soreness for no reason can be not good.

Don't call her bud... Guy!


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4/21/2021 9:32 AM

Have you tried to roll out your calf’s? Or some stretches for the calf’s? When I am really sore from riding, I will do 25-30 mins on stationary bike to warm the muscles, then stretching and some foam rolling of the sore muscles...

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4/21/2021 9:32 AM

DrinkMoreWater wrote:

Try magnesium.

^^^This^^^

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4/21/2021 9:45 AM

There is a stuff you can buy at walgreens - it's called "Leg Cramps"
I take one after every long ride. Works great!

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4/21/2021 9:48 AM

sandman768 wrote:

Have you tried to roll out your calf’s? Or some stretches for the calf’s? When I am really sore from riding, I will do 25-30 ...more

Great advise and basically what I do now. My right calf turned into a chronic condition and was very difficult to heal right. I kept re-injuring it. Warm up and proper stretching and calf raises is how I healed it for good. I also use "voodoo flossing" which helped too. Lots of You Tubes clips on it and I'm a firm believer on Voodoo Flossing.

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4/21/2021 9:59 AM

Try stretching. I tended to get some calf cramps after cycling and moto when I wasn't stretching daily.

Rolling is another great suggestion.

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4/21/2021 12:05 PM

slipdog wrote:

Don't call her bud... Guy!


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You’re not my guy pal!

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4/26/2021 5:35 PM

Interesting.... My primary care doc said they want me to come back in for ultrasound of my right calf...

"D-dimer is a little bit above normal, so I cannot totally rule out a blood clot. Our office will contact you to schedule the ultrasound of your right leg."

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/29/2021 10:03 AM

Spudnut wrote:

I used to get a sore left calf after riding eventually it got worse and worse then started cramping in the middle of the night ...more

Thanks Spudnut and Crush

Ya'll quite possibly saved my life. They had me come in that same day for ultrasound. The found DBT in my right calf, said it was critical I get on thinners straight away. If I'd ignored, it could have dislodged and traveled into my lungs causing pulmonary embolism.

The tradeoff for not dying unexpectedly is I have to give up riding while I'm on blood thinners the next 6 weeks. ermm They said to even stay off the street bike. They said the hidden danger from blood thinners is internal trauma and bleeding from falling/crashing/car accidents etc.

Thanks again ya'll

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/29/2021 10:39 PM

Well I’m sorry to hear that you do in fact have a DVT but I’m glad you caught it before it became a PE

6 weeks will fly by, I’m 6 months in looking at another 6 off the bike currently. I do ride pitbikes a bit though lol

As the DVT goes away you will notice that you feel a bit better all around, Walking and exercise during the day and elevation for a hour or two at night will make a world of difference. best of luck to you

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4/30/2021 1:24 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2021 1:42 AM

Jeeeeeeebus, glad you’re sorted mate!

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Cheers, Crush
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4/30/2021 9:24 AM

Spudnut wrote:

Well I’m sorry to hear that you do in fact have a DVT but I’m glad you caught it before it became a PE

6 weeks will fly by, ...more

Do most blood clots take up to a year to resolve?

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/30/2021 10:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2021 10:34 AM

It varies depending on the severity. I was an idiot and waited way too long to get checked out. Your hematologist will likely be able to give you a time frame. From what I understand it can be a 3-12 month deal though

You’ll probably be ordered to do some blood work also to check for certain gene mutations to see if the clot was brought on by your genes or if it was provoked


The clot will either desolve or stick to your vein wall, turn Into scar tissue and your body will create new veins around the effected area

Your risk of a PE will dramatically reduce within just a few weeks of Taking anticoagulants

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4/30/2021 12:19 PM

Yeah I am too young to give up all the active things I like to do. I don't know how I would carry on not being able to ride motorcycles, play roller derby, ect. ugh.

I go in to talk with another doctor next Friday, hope not more bad news. I guess not riding is better than not living but I'm not prepared to let it go.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/30/2021 12:38 PM

queen of spodes wrote:

Do most blood clots take up to a year to resolve?

My wife had one in her arm and was found after a surgery that she had. She immediately went on thinners and had to go into the ACC 3-4x week to dial in her meds. They told her it would be a year until it has healed up but will always have an internal scar left behind. Scary stuff but she is off the meds now and just keeping an eye out for any symptoms of any coming back.

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4/30/2021 1:16 PM

You should be able to return to all regular activities once you’re off the meds.

The doctor will always tell you don’t do X or Y because of what could possibly go wrong but it’s ultimately up to you to decide if the risk is worth the reward, I still ride pitbikes and work In a dangerous Industry... hell I’ve been kicking around the idea of taking my 2 smoker out for a nice easy ride. Just be careful and smart

The way I look at it is, you could fall down a flight of stairs tomorrow Or get in a nasty car wreck and be a goner so might as well live your life with just a bit of extra caution.

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