Debra: Really obvious? Not to me! I actually hadn't thought of that at all! I do tend to lace up quite tight. I wasn't aware that that could cause pain. I will wear my other drawstring minimalist shoes for a while and see if that makes a difference. Thanks for the tip!
Trogs: Yes I do - it would be toop painful to heel strike in those! Yeah I went to her hoping to get referred on really. After a lot of pestering and after suggestions of running grass and the like, she did give me a number for a podiatrist, so I guess that is the next step if stretching and Jason's tip of ankle strengthening doesn't have an effect.
Jason: Thank you! It's reassuring to hear someone else has had it and managed to overcome it without drastic measures! My husband is an avid weight lifter so I will ask him to teach me some exercises to strengthen up my ankles and see if that helps. I was hoping it was going to be something like that. Cheap and easy to fix!
I went to my GP about my ankle pain today. Her first piece of sage advice: "stop running". This was before any kind of advice involving physios, stretches, running shoes etc. A health professional advising less exercise. Brilliant.
I am a bit confused about it to be honest. It doesn't hurt to run at all. I get no pain while running, or indeed after running. The pain begins when I rest or go to bed. I get a kind of throbbing pain all around the top of my foot, sometimes it radiates to my toes or sometimes up my shin. It lasts exactly one night and then it is fine. No discernable swelling or discolouration. Same on both feet. It has been for the last 2-3 months and has remained the same - as in it hasn't got any worse. It is enough to keep me awake and I have been munching through the ibuprofen to cope, which I'm sure you'll agree, isn't ideal.
I have been running since March, and using barefoot running shoes since April as my knees disagree with impact. I run about 20k a week (2 5k runs and 1 10k run at the weekend). I am quite naughty and don't stretch - I warm up and cool down with a 5 min walk instead. I am going to start ankle stretches from tomorrow to see if that has any impact on the pain.
Any advice would be brilliant as I REALLY don't want to stop running!
Radicchio: Upgrade was a poor choice of words really. The current shoes I have aren't really practical for winter or wet weather, so I want something without the holes all along the sides. When it rains and I am on stony paths I have to keep stopping to empty out debris.
Jenn: I hear ya. I wish I could try on a pair but there is just nothing around where I live. I think that is what has pushed me to VBB as I know they are comfy and that they fit me.