Living with it for 15 months and finally overcoming it
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Careful with ladders! Can you avoid them?
No recurrence of this injury in the latter part of 2012, despite some gruelling races including Lakeland 50 and North Downs Way 100!
No new comments on this, but I'm bringing it forward ...
... for paul b 3
I'm wrestling with an achilles problem and have been for about 6 months. I had a broken bone in my foot last year and such was my excitement at that finally healing that I went out and ran 12 miles and did the achilles in.
It's not really bad - nothing like what has been descibed on here. It's sore for about 10 steps in the morning and that's about it. Doesn't really hurt when I run. The achilles itself has a lump on the back of it which varies in size seemingly randomly and although it's more sensitive than the other achilles, i would say that it is "sore".
I'm not 100% sure what to do - I don't really like hobbling about the morning after a decent run though. My strategy currently is lots of heel drops and stretches and regular 4 - 6 mile gentle paced runs so at least I can get out there and retain some fitness. Blimmin pain though.
Elstead - you're doing right what you are doing. If you can bring yourself to do it you could deepen the notch in the heel tab of your running shoes with a knife. This will help prevent irritation. Try to keep active and avoid sitting for long periods.
Thank you very much for this thread - its come as a good warning for me.
I'm starting to have concerns that I am at the very beginning of a problem and keenly wish to nip it in the bud. My achillies on my left foot has started feeling tender and stiff. To look at and touch there is no change. It feels better when I used deep ice (but not deep heat). I very rarely wear heels. My running schedule has increased but at a steady pace over a year.
One thing I am attibuting to the cause is the way I sit at work. I think my chair is too high so dont have my feet flat so as of tomorrow this will change. But always the crutial question - can I carry on with my training program. Approx 37 miles a week with a long run of 20miles plus (reduce every three weeks).
Thanks again for this thread.
Thread's a year old now but reading it all again I feel it all still makes sense.
Long periods of sitting are bad for knees and ankles. VY - ensure your heels are on the ground and you could try resting your forefoot up on something when you're at your desk.
Yes keep training, but I'd avoid speedwork and hard downhill efforts for the time being.
Only just come across this thread. I've been battling with mild AT since the sdw100 last year. Training for grandslam this year but the AT still isn't 100%. Good to read you still ran whilst getting your injury sorted. Going to have to cut the heel tab down on my trainer's then by the looks of it I had read this could help now where is the knife.........
Lingster - most AT clears up in about 6 weeks but for a few unlucky ones like me and others it can take 15 months. Keep up your running, just cut down on intensity. Don't write off your 100-milers!
It takes courage to cut your shoes like that and it does shorten their life span but I've found it helps a lot. Also choose new shoes on the basis of low heel tabs, e.g. some Mizuno shoes.
That's good. I was thinking the bike might not be a good idea. Pedalling contracts the achilles quite a lot.
To be on the safe side to cover you for your race I'd put heel raises in your shoes e.g. Sorbothane and be prepared to revise any expected time downwards. You wouldn't want the injury getting any worse.
The long term strategy is the opposite, though. Take the heel raises out, keep the heels low all the time and do those stretches. Come down the stairs heel first.
Although the left achilles that had the injury is now absolutely fine I get twinges in the right one from time to time and I have to say I get a nagging worry it might turn into tendonitis, but hasn't happened so far.
In my experience AT is an injury you can - and I would suggest should - keep running with, even 'racing', but with the following safeguards:
Although you will have pain in the area you should find it will ease off after a number of miles. If the pain becomes very sharp, acute, as if you're being pinched in that area, stop immediately.
So, no, I wouldn't rest.
The heel raises will make you foot more unstable which is why you shouldn't use them in the long term. If you can bear to do it you might like to consider deepening the notch in the heel tab in your shoe with a knife.
How many runs a week do you normally do?
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