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Tendon Injury - Private MRI and PCP in UK?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 08:31

A different tendon involved, but my Foot/ankle consultant is not doing PRP injections anymore - too many poor / bad outcomes. He takes things as far as ESWT and then surgery only if something odd comes out on the mri. 

If you insist, go to a Dr and ask for private referral. Don't be surprised though if the treatment you seek is not offered.  You may be left with a dent in the wallet and a cd full of mri images .


Nutrition before a very early 15 miler

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:07

I presume you are not pushing the pace so just get up and go. The body has a stack of energy on board waiting to be used. Keep it simple.

Am I ready for the marathon?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:43

I'm of the school of thought that 26.2 miles is achievable for someone fit and healthy. Yes there will no doubt be some aches and pains during and after. The goal might be something like "just finish", the day might not be all plain sailing.

There is one glaring thing to address, and that is your marathon pace of 6km per hour. At this point in time you really don't know what your marathon pace is. If you based that on your half marathon time then you need to remember the caveat "provided you trained for the distance"

slowly slowly 



Achilles problem

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 22:00

I think the message here is that there is no golden bullet. There is no single thing that will work for all. There isn't a guaranteed fix available from physios and medical practitioners.

the heel drop protocol is usually one of the first things recommended to me by other runners, physios, and surgeons. To give things a chance, stop running and follow the protocol religiously. We are not talking days here, we are talking weeks. Sometimes it worked out for me, other times it didn't. If it doesn't then there are plenty of other fixes available with varying odd of success. 

Achilles tendonitis

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:50

I'm currently seeing an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He is adamant that using Alfredsons heel drop protocol combined with avoiding the aggravating cause is the first thing he would advise. It works for the majority, but  doesn't always work out. My MRI scans of my Achilles show no healing taking place after 6 months having tries out most of the 1st line of attack approaches.

I'd tackle thinks head on and not put any pressure to do the 10k in Oct.

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 16:46

Yes it brought me to tears ! I couldn't believe I was allowing this to happen, and I was just holding on for dear life trying as best as I could not to shout stop!!!

It felt like it was one of the most crude forms of treatment somebody could dream up, and when I described it to someone they though it wasn't real and that I had had a nightmare . I can't compare it to childbirth - I will take your word for it!

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 16:24

Hi MSE, yes I had a block of 10 sessions with a guy who used that along with acupuncture. Unfortunately there was no improvement and he came to the conclusion that there was no point continuing and referred me on. 

Of course I don't know how effective he was in wielding his metal tool!

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 16:07

Good to hear you are getting into the plan now Nell, and the S&C sessions sound like a wise move.

I'm still sidelined with my achilles having managed 3 miles of running since London marathon - very fed up .   I am going back to my Orthopedic Surgeon this week to go through my MRI scans and plan some more treatments

Fartlek -> Pain in top of foot

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 14:07

Just give it a couple of day rest and reassess.

Fartlek is free, unstructured 'play',and  it seems like you did 3 x 600m off 400m recoveries!

Sore achilles, hips, tingling, numbness etc...

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 23:01

If you could do only one thing to help the achilles, then not running for a while would be top of my list. Then add in a heel drop program.

My experience is that the Dr can do little for the achilles other than recommend rest and refer on to specialists if things don't improve.  My GP even googled to get a 'fact sheet'. Physio may help address the cause. In terms of treatment it is slow to heal. There are a myriad of techniques they may offer to help with recovery - it can be an expensive game, and rest and a program of eccentric heel drops may be just as effective.

Not sure what your other issues are. If you can afford physio then it is worth a shot

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