I think the message here is that there is no golden bullet. There is no single thing that will work for all. There isn't a guaranteed fix available from physios and medical practitioners.
the heel drop protocol is usually one of the first things recommended to me by other runners, physios, and surgeons. To give things a chance, stop running and follow the protocol religiously. We are not talking days here, we are talking weeks. Sometimes it worked out for me, other times it didn't. If it doesn't then there are plenty of other fixes available with varying odd of success.
I'm currently seeing an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He is adamant that using Alfredsons heel drop protocol combined with avoiding the aggravating cause is the first thing he would advise. It works for the majority, but doesn't always work out. My MRI scans of my Achilles show no healing taking place after 6 months having tries out most of the 1st line of attack approaches.
I'd tackle thinks head on and not put any pressure to do the 10k in Oct.
Yes it brought me to tears ! I couldn't believe I was allowing this to happen, and I was just holding on for dear life trying as best as I could not to shout stop!!!
It felt like it was one of the most crude forms of treatment somebody could dream up, and when I described it to someone they though it wasn't real and that I had had a nightmare . I can't compare it to childbirth - I will take your word for it!
Hi MSE, yes I had a block of 10 sessions with a guy who used that along with acupuncture. Unfortunately there was no improvement and he came to the conclusion that there was no point continuing and referred me on.
Of course I don't know how effective he was in wielding his metal tool!
Good to hear you are getting into the plan now Nell, and the S&C sessions sound like a wise move.
I'm still sidelined with my achilles having managed 3 miles of running since London marathon - very fed up . I am going back to my Orthopedic Surgeon this week to go through my MRI scans and plan some more treatments