I used to wear cushioned neutral running shoes and normally would be able to use them up to approx. 500 miles or so, until my ankles or knees would start to ache. About eighteen months ago I changed my running style to forefoot running and also to a minimal shoe, Nike Free 3 and was able get about 1200 miles and the shoes lasted for more than a year.
My Air cast was issued by the hospital, I paid £125.00 as my private medical through work didn't cover equipment, but it was well worth the money as I would not have been mobile without it. It is a full length to the knee very flattering model, which you inflate with a little hand pump, and delfalte in the same way I am sure I have seen a similar model on the internat slightly cheaper.
One word of warning the front of the boot soaks up water when it rains, so you end up with a very wet foot.
I simpathise with everyone on this thread, I was diagnosed with a metatarsal stress fracture just after Christmas, (due to overtraining average 35/40 miles a week and worn shoes, will never make that mistake again) It's a sharp pain above and under my right foot, like waliking on a pebble. I tried icing, Ibuprophen cream, Deep Heat, Arnica Gel, pain killers but nothing was coming even close to easing the pain. until I decided enough was enough I took myself along to A&E, although initially the fracure did not show on an ordinary X-Ray, I had to have an MRI scan to confirm it
I have been wearing an aircast boot since the end of January and found it really helps with the pain.
On the last visit to my consultant, i was advised to keep wearing the airast boot for another month and gently ease myself back into running. In the meantime I have joined my local gym and cross trained, just to maintain a basic level of fitness. Last week I removed the aircast and tried to walk (limp) a few days without it, which was not too bad, but yesterday I found the pain in my foot had returned, so I may have set myself back a few days. I know I have to be very careful but I wish I could at least run on the tread mill by now, which I can't.
One thing is for sure I will never take running for granted again, during the dark winter mornings when I would rather remain in bed , I will think back to this period and remind myself how miserable I have been feeling unable to just get up and run, I have missed it soooo... much
I wish you all a speedy recovery and resume your running ASAP
I have been using the 2XU long tights for the last 2 to 3 years, I would not consider running without them. My leg muscles ache alot less (if at all) after my runs. (run between 5 to 12 miles five times a week) I did try a couple of runs using my standard lyrca tights, but my leg muscles became tired very quicklly, would not go back to using them again. I know the compression tights are very expensive but are worth every penny.