Well, I've now gone down the orthotics route and picked them up yesterday. The podiatrist reckons that the bursitis is back and will continue to be an irritation until the load is taken off the sesamoids.
Initial frustration is that they don't fit in everyday shoes (too big)! Podiatrist suggested my every day shoes must be too small (6.5 to 7 on occasion) as my trainers are 7.5, but I'd be wandering around in shoes like boats if I went that big!
Hopefully I'll see the benefits when I start wearing them and breaking them in as right now I'm beginning to regret paying out such a lot for them!
I got a set of full length custom orthotics yesterday and am not convinced. I guess one I get comfortable with them they'll be ok. Just now they just feel hard and uncomfortable, and I'm not impressed as being full length they can't fit into everyday shoes.
Not convinced that they really need to, as my problem is due to a very strong forefoot strike and mashing my sesamoids when I land, but I struggle to see how I can break them in effectively without wearing them for longer before running.
Just Run, you mention not needing them in off road shoes. Why is this? One of my concerns is that they're going to stink really quickly if worn in my trail shoes as they get soaked/muddy regularly!
I tend to wear gloves and keep them on until I've been inside for a while after my run as it's often the transition between environments that starts it off for me.
The danger I find with putting your hands into warm water is knowing what's warm! When the circulation has completely cut off the bottom two joints of all your fingers it is way too easy to think that the pain is caused by the return of the circulation rather than the water being hotter than it should be.
My GP recommended silk liner gloves, and I find these or merino gloves are helpful. They can be used alone in Autumn when thicker gloves just cause overall overheating, and then under a second pair during the colder months.
I'm always grateful that it's predominantly my hands affected; rare that my feet join in on the act until I try to get into the bath (and struggle to know what temperature it is). I have looked for a decent bath thermometer in the past but have not yet found one - I prefer my bath warmer than what you'd put a child in, so the baby ones are not much use.
Back to health and hoping to log some miles this month. Hope everyone else is fit and well.
I've decided to take on a 5k plan as I'm trying to get back to fitness and now have some base mileage in my legs (& will have orthotics as of next week which once broken in should hopefully knock my foot pain on the head).
Question is, over 12 weeks what is realistic? My best parkrun this year is 24:30, last year it was 21 something at the start of the year. I intend to follow Pfitzinger and Latter's up to 40 miles plan as I've used P & D for marath training before and think that's what got me down in times across all distances post plan.
There are two 5k tune up races that I'll do at parkrun, but just wonder where to start with pacing. It seems that 10k pace plus 20% is very slowly (based on McMillan training projections as I've not done a 10k since the peak of my fitness), but I guess that's where I am now so I should stick to it. Slow & sensible? Thoughts appreciated.