I'm in the fortunate position of having private healthcare through my husband's work so have held off on podiatry in the hope that I'll be referred if need be. I've got some padding for my shoes. Now got an appointment to consult further by phone tomorrow and will hopefully get X-rays sorted out sooner rather than later.
Cal, I too teach (thankfully not PE) and have found my other leg achilles niggling as I'm in trainers just now all day. It often niggles though so am trying to treat it well in the hope that it doesn't get any worse!
Aaaargh! I've now had 5 weeks off running. Been going to Physio, having acupuncture and ultrasound. I've not walked more than 20-30 mins at a time (until yesterday when I walked about 3 miles). Felt like I had a stone in my shoe and foot's been sore since.
Physio today recommended an X-ray as they're not doing much for me other than trying to find ways to ease the pain. Worried that maybe the doc was right about OA!!! A little scared of what might be found. Really missing running (& walking)!
The only London Parkrun I've done is Gunnersbury. I did it a couple of years ago when I was down on holiday. From what I remember the route was fairly flat and much of it was on the park paths. It was very friendly and only a couple of tube stops from the Premier Inn at Earls Court (get off at Acton Town) which made it easy for me!