Posted: 27/06/2013 at 22:46
My story is this. I was born with an extra bone in my right foot, as a child I suffered with flat feet and pains so parents took me to doctors who advised surgery to remove the bone. I never had it done as they were afraid. For years I battled with pain and when I started running 4 years ago it did not much improve. At first I was a typical heel striker running in bulky shoes and started getting injuries in my legs, various groin strain, shin splints, you name it I had it. In January 2012 I went to Running School to have gait analysis done, they found out lots of faults, we set out on repairing them. The coach there was very keen on minimalistic running, I tried and loved it. I ditched my custom made orthotics and started transitioning to minimalist shoes. It took me months to learn proper running technique and things were great apart from the fact that after every run I had a pain in my feet, in left in the sole and in the right in the arch. I increased my mileage very gradually and I mean very as I was doing lots of walk/run breaks for absolute ages. In the winter I started running more aggressively but also started to have more problems with my feet. By April this years at the beginning of each run I was limping a bit and for the last two months I have hardly run. Yesterday I did a 3 miler after 8 days of non running and I could barely walk yesterday. Today I went to see my coach again, he has been aware of the problem but due to various circumstances I have not seen him for two months and in this time things took turn for worse. He said that due to this extra bone in my right foot it is more rigid and does not pronate naturally so left one compensates hence the pain. He said forget running distances or races for a year, you have chronic foot problems that will give you stress fractures if you carry on. I can run for 1 minute intervals for about 5 minutes a day total on a treadmill and run in more cushioned shoes. I have lost heart for running, I associate it only with pain now and don't want to do it anymore so am quitting so my advice after writing all this is PLEASE TAKE IT EASY. Allow plenty of rest and see a specialist such as guys from Running School. It would work for me if I did not have a problem from birth, nothing I can do about this anymore. Forget about running a mile first, a mile is a long way. Go for 1 minute runs and only increase distance if you are ready. Do extra exercises. Overall good luck!