... when does this disappear?
Hi, I've already postedthis thread with full background of an earlier injury.
Four months later, this is starting to return to a level where I can tentatively start to run again (very low distances on a treadmill, only slowly for the time being, plus specific gym exercises.)
But I note it's still sore and stiff in the morning. How long does this phase last?
I massage the tendon when I'm watching tv - it's slightly sore to the touch only as morning stiffness disappears about 30 mns ater I get up.
Any other recoverers out there ? Can you describe your account of how long it took to get to zero morning or after-exercise soreness?
Should have added that one reason for asking is I love(d) park runs, which take place in the morning. My gameplan is to be able to run one again by mid-February. But parkruns take place relatively early, at at time when the tendon might still be sore...
under these circumstances, run or not run?
It's worth noting that I have continued to do a high volume of exercise, but on a bike instead of running - 3 sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours per week at a variety of intensities from 4 out of 10 to 10 out of 10.
Hi Tigerlily, thanks for the advice. Yes, I'm fortunately aware that I can mess the whole thing up in a stroke of impatience... :- (
I hadn't thought of the fact that you can run painfree and then experience symptoms afterwards. This is indeed a treacherous situation! Presumably it's the same with achilles-specific activities in the gym?
I'll make a mental note to not ramp up the training too much all at once - perhaps doing a very short treadmill session one day per week - increasing by a few per cent per session - and then after a complete rest, doing achilles-specific rehabilitiation exercises.
This is one of the worst injuries I have ever had (second only to a large rupture of an ischial tuberosity) and I want to completely knock it on the head before racing again!
Have you experienced this, Tigerlily? What happened in the end?
have you tried using a poultice of nettle tea, first thing in the morning? Make the tea using leaves or bags (3 x normal strength)
Soak flannel in tea, and tie to leg by wrapping round leg and holding in place with sock
Leave for 30 mins while resting or moving round house.
The nettles contain a chemical which can reduce inflammation and aid paid control (hence its use in childbirth in the olden days.)
As a fellow achilles sufferer, I have been doing quite a lot of walking, increasing the pace as the discomfort in the tendon eases. This doesn't seem to cause adverse effects although any (gentle) attempt at running has inevitably had me hobbling about the house in the mornings and having to hang onto the handrail going downstairs.
It's driving me nuts not being able to run!
Thanks for the sympathy!
The handrail is not required most of the time, but it is rather tender, so I guess I'd best take your advice and forget about running for the time being. I do like cycling, but it's limited to weekends only at the mo, due to short days. The best exercise seems to be the swimming pool, which is always a good all-round workout, strengthening and loosening up shoulders at the same time.
I haven't taken it to the physio. Do you reckon it's worth it?
I'm new to all of this, both forums and running but from what has been said there seems to be a lot of good advice out there.
I started running back in July but pulled my achilles in October and haven't ran since. It doesn't hurt in the mornings, but sometimes when I'm rushing to work I feel it twinge. Everytime I think of getting back to running I'm afraid I'll do more damage.
Going to try doing a little and if hurts stop, hopefully will be pounding the streets again soon and may even get above the 3 miles I'd got up to.
Thanks bikbok, looking forward to getting the running shoes back on, might even try a little run tomorrow if NYE doesn't take over me first
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