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Compartmental syndrom

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Dr Mark,

My brother is having pain in his calves and was diagnosed with compartmental syndrom. The pressure readings where very high in his legs. He is going in for surgery in a couple weeks. He is in the police acadamy and does regular workouts and streches, but still has great pain when he runs.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

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The results of this surgery are really not so good. Has he tried a condtioning program, and making sure he is in the best shoes, as well as getting a running coach.

This conditon is actually just like arm pump. It usually resolves when the equiptment and technique is optimized.

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Would a podiatrist help? To eliminate gait/stride problems? Orthotics?

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Orthotics would be a start, but not necessarily the answer.

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