Yes, that's annoying, but at least you caught it before it turned into something permanently damaged. My physio had me standing on a tennis ball, rolling around on a foam roller, and scrunching up a towel with my toes this morning. My feet don't crack and pop as much as they did last week, so I think it's doing me some good.
Let us know which trainers you get!
Two stone is a fantastic start! Your joints must be really enjoying the lighter load, even if your knee is complaining at the moment.
It sucks that your NHS experience wasn't good, it sounds like your knee is taking longer and longer to recover each time, and that sounds like something that is getting worse rather than better. Going to a different doctor might help, finding someone to take it seriously is so important. The Japanese insurance system is a bit different and I was lucky to find a good place so close to where I live.
If the pain is just on one side it sounds more like a gait issue than simple over-use, I hope you manage to get some proper attention for it.
I feel your frustration, Sharon!
I strained my Achilles tendon last week, nothing serious, but it's on top of a more severe strain last spring (I actually heard a "pop" that time!) and my physiotherapist has banned me from running until she's managed to pound some flexibility into it. It's frustrating because running is my New Year's Resolution and mentally I don't want to give it up. But... I am very heavy and I knew from the start that injuries to knees and ankles were high on my list of stuff likely to go wrong.
On the positive side, I found a clinic five minutes from my house that accepts my national insurance, my therapist lived in Australia for two years so she speaks perfect English, and I can go for massage and stretching every day, if I like.
So the plan now is to go every day, work on strength and flexibility with the physio, drop a couple of kilos, and restart the running at the beginning of April.
Sharon, your knee problem could be a gait issue, the doctor had me walking up and down the clinic for about an hour on Tuesday trying on a variety of insoles and arch cushions. It was far more detailed than the treadmill videos they do at the shops, and the set he prescribed for me have made a difference to my "normal" walking pains already. If its free on the NHS you should take advantage and talk to a doctor before it gets worse. Could be a simple thing like a proper pair of insoles could prevent a serious injury in the future.
Gemma - your comment made me laugh! I live in Japan where the shops don't stock women's shoes in my size so while on holiday in USA last week I was delighted to find a pair of Lunarglide+4s in my size, in garish pink, so I bought them! They are the first girlie trainers I've bought since I was about 18 and I took them into my local Nike store just to prove that Nike DO make women's shoes in my size
I find them really comfy but, like I said, they are classified as "stability" shoes so might not be for everyone. After years of blundering around buying random trainers, though, they're the only ones I've found that seem to fully support my arches without feeling like the heels are too "high".
Well, I went out today for the first time in almost 3 weeks, and it was good AND bad... Bad because I didn't get to run at all on holiday, but good because we went around the Disney Parks and did HOURS of walking every day... and I didn't gain any weight while I was away
Good because it finally stopped raining today and I got to go out to the park, good because while I was running my jeans were slipping down and I had to keep hitching them back up, good because that gave me a shot of heroism after 3weeks off running, BAD because I road that hero high a little too far and now have a painful Achilles tendon
It's heartening to hear from those of you getting up to the 30 minute mark, it's good to see some light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm kicking myself for not repeating the last couple of sessions after such a long break!