I have had some soft tissue work on the shin, but my physio said my shin wasn't really tight (unusual for me!). It is the tendon which goes to the big toe, but it doesn't creak with movement. It's also sore in the muscles inbetween the metarsals near where the foot turns into toes. This hurts when I prod but not when I walk or run. Sometimes there's a dull ache on the top of my foot when I walk, but it's only slight. It did hurt to prod the tendon running into the big toe but that's gone now.
The pain seems to come and go, for a few hours it won't hurt to walk, and then it will for a while, then back to nothing. Often it's just the first few steps after I get up, but sometimes it hurts whenever I take a step. Driving seems to make it worse. I have an appointment with a different physio on Monday morning and will ask about lower back and IT band. I did have tight ITB just before the injury, and sore quads, which I have never had before. It's gone now after the rest (no running for two weeks now). I think my lower back is relatively infelxible generally, maybe that's had an effect.
I've been using ibuprofen gel on my foot, but not the shin, I'll certainly try it. Would you recommend cross training on the ellitical machine? I have been doing this a little, and it doesn't hurt. I could also be amusing myself with yoga but I wasn't sure about pushing off from the floor for downward dog and planks etc. What do you think?
I've been avidly reading these forums for weeks now, you've been my cyber marathon training company, so I thought I'd finally say hello. Melanie, you were round about my level when you started, but you're way faster than me now! It's incredible the speed you've improved at, it's been great watching your running get better and better.
I have an injury question for Sam or for Sarah maybe. I have been diagnosed with tendinopathy on the top of my left foot (after running in the mud). I have seen two physiotherapists who both have said I can run on it, although it hurts to walk and run at the moment. I'm not sure whether to trust the advice. They have said if it gets prgressively worse then to stop running, but I'm scared to try, what do you think? I'm only into my 5th week of a 16 week marathon training programme, and it's my first marathon. I haven't run for 2 weeks now and the foot is exactly the same (despite icing daily and ibuprofen). How much running can I miss before the marathon's a bad idea? Like Mel the futhest I have run in the past is a half marathon and that was last October.