Having just finished a eight week treatment course with a local pysio, for a reoccurring achilles problem in both feet, I have now started doing short 10 - 15 minute runs twice a week in woodland and lots of stretching after each run, apart for some slight soreness in my right foot everything seems ok
Is it now a case of listening to my body and increasing pace and distance gradually ? I currently run in Asics 1150 shoes as I slightly pronate would I get better support if I was to purchase a more expensive support shoe from the Asic`s range? If so could you recommend any ?
I have also had this problem, though at first it was diagnosed as Achilles tendonitis.The way I`ve cured it is using a lot of things other people have suggested. 1) If you pronate go to a specialised running shop and have your gait checked then buy some shoes for your style of running. 2) Wear heel lifts in your every day shoes to lift your heel and reduce the stretch on your PF. 3) Stand on the edge of a step or stair and gently stretch your achilles by raising up on your toes then lowering your heel do this about 10 times per session an do it 2 or3 times a day as it gets better increase the about of reps up to about 20. 4) I dont stretch before I go running but set off very steady and gradually increase the pace as my muscles warm up but I do have a good stretch session when I`ve finished my run. 5) Reduce the amount of hills in your runs untill you feel fully recovered. 6) Remove the insole that came with you running shoes and wear some shock absorbing insoles. Other exercises that help are pick a pen up with you toes and hold for 30 secs do about 5 times or write the alphabet in the air with you foot (this helps with the flexability of you heel/ankle area)
After nearly 12 months of trying many different ways of curing the pain in my Achilles/Heel area of my right foot,I think I`ve finally cured it,the motion control shoes have helped but the thing that has finally cleared up the stiffness and pain I was still getting after a run is .....Emu oil been appyling it twice a day for a week and I running again as good as ever .