Micheal o.... your suffering the exact symptoms i have/had, I would advise you to follow yorkies advice and get a gait analysis/orthotics sorted and rest or take it easy till then, not like i have done and kept running, I have been using ibuprofen gel to keep the swelling to a minimum....,, Theyre not too painful after a run but the next day, or after a rest theyre really stiff and standing on your tip-toes can be painful..
Surprise-surprise I was running in nikes when mine first occured, air max, is this just coincidence???? I was running 12 mile a day at least so over doing it was half the problem i reckon as well.. One thing I can recommend is definitely warm up and down, with a good set of stretches on the calfs and lower leg, from the bottom of the calf to the bottom of the achiles especially, i lean against a wall lightly, one leg in frobt of the other and lean forward so i can feel the stretch in the achiles, seems to help but see the RW stretch guide in the archives if you can find it.. If you can do the stretches about 3 or 4 times a day,,I reckon that eased mine abit to start with, its all about flexibility, if your stiff then your always on breaking point OK yorkie,,, I seen my GP, who referred me to a specialist physio who was very good but could not solve the problem... My next step is a gait analysis but where do i go? anyone any recomendations in the NE, I have been running in Asics 2060 the past few months and they havent been to bad, just bought some Kayano 8 but i think they will be chewy as the heel tab is quite high... What sort of cost was the analysyis and orthotics yorkie? All your help is appreciated, and who knows if i can get it sorted Ima get to run my first half marathon in over 4 years!!!... Many thanks.
Posted: 07/08/2002 at 21:55