Hi all, I've been suffering for a week or two from pain around my left achilles tendon. It isn't the main tendon but more where the white arrows are in the picture below:
The pain eases when I'm running but comes back afterwards. If I lift my big toe on the same foot the pain passes through to the indicated area.
I've tried strapping it to reduce the movement, i've tried stretching.
I can't really afford to see a specialist at the minute, and I normally find that they always 'need' for you to go again.
I ran Brighton Marathon without pain and I suspect new support trainers were the cause. I've recently changed those and other aches and pains have gone but this one remains.
Any ideas? anyone suffered the same agony? any solutions?
Thanks for the reply.
I've just look Posterior tibialis tendonitis up and it pretty much describes my problem.
I seem to be spending more time resting than running these days.
I have had that too, exactly where you are describing. took 2 weeks to get rid of, with ice, massage, and don't walk around flat footed, get some heels on!
I've read somewhere about walking around barefoot. I do it all the time at home.
Is it a re-occurring injury for you Max's Mum?
Hi, it was in January and I havent had it since. Even after the VLM. Normally walking about barefoot is fine, just try not to just while the tendon is getting better as it just makes it worse. I run most of the time in barefoot shoes but this i think was caused by another shoe rubbing against the tendon and aggravating it. It was slightly sore for a week or so, then suddenly i couldnt run on it and could hardly walk!
One tip, i found that the little stick on gel patches sold for migraines worked wonders in relieving the pain and also padded the area against shoe contact.
Thanks for the tip. I'll try that.
I brought a pair of Brooks Trance 11 support shoes before the Brighton Marathon but failed to wear them in in time for the race so ran in my old one's. I tried again post Brighton and found they we're killing my calves so I took them back. They were my first pair of support shoes and I think they restricted too much movement.
I suspect they are the cause of my problem and I've just been making it worse.
My new Mizuno Wave Inspire 8s have relieved the calf pains so fingers crossed.
Its a nightmare injury because it's one of those that you don't notice when you run so theres always a temptation to go out.
If I balance on my left foot there is minimal pain and I don't appear to be clawing my toe.
I do slightly overpronate and have high arches so I am naturally struggling to maintain the balance. I don't have this problem with the right foot.
Many years ago I did sprain my left ankle pretty badly when playing football but I've been away from that game for four years now.
Another thing, and this may seem strange, I have noticed when I walk barefoot that my left big toe lifts as I walk.
think Tom is right about the Flexor Hallucis Longus and the big toe
So its obviously a tendon and needs rest but should I be stretching it? not stretching it? Should I get a massage on my calves?.
I find it difficult sitting still.
The link above was for forty44, sorry!
I don't think there is need to sit still, I went out walking, and attempted to run (more like hobble) but couldnt walk around and touch my heel to the floor (hence no barefeet) without pain. I used 'normal' running shoes and also put in heel raisers! prob not the best thing but i had started my marathon training and didnt want to stop (idiot!). I found that with that, ice, ibuprofen gel, and gentle massage of the tendon, things started to ease up after a week. Then i took the heel raisers out for another week. Then started stretching once it wasnt really painful. carried on with the cold gel patches and ice packs, and massage. The following week i went back down to minimalist shoes (not barefoot) and didnt get back into the barefoot shoes until about week 4. . . . very tentatively!
Of course you may find something different works as i am no expert!
actually i got a bit mixed up who had the big toe problem, sorry!
if its the muscle attached to the tendon that is the problem i would say stretch
if its the tendon itself i would say don't stretch (at least not yet)
I think it's difficult for us all to figure out how to control these things without professional help. But it's nice to hear how other people have coped with similar issues, so thanks.
I'm currently three weeks into another marathon training schedule. Last week I hit 42 miles for the week and looks like i'll be dropping back down again this week. So frustrating.
Is there any swelling around the tendon? if not I doubt that the actual tendon is your problem. it will probably more likely be the muscle that is attached to it. But as you say, always best to get docs advice!
No swelling. I'll try stretching it more and maybe a light jog tonight.
I am working to a new schedule which has some very slow recovery runs. When I first went on one of those I did seem to develop some pain in my lower legs from holding back.
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