Posted: 29/02/2012 at 17:29
Take the climb steadily Dr.Dan. We don't want you rushing things and doing anything silly like overdoing it...which brings me on to...
Team, does anyone have any experience of overcoming achilles soreness? If so perhaps you could give me some pointers.
I know this isn't strictly Hadd related..except that all of the running that has got me to where I am had been 70% phase one stuff. In fact, since my weekly mileage is around 35 miles, I guess it could be argued that I am still pre-phase one!
I've got a tenderness in both achilles. Definitely detectable the morning after a run and sometimes I'm aware of it during the day. The pain is like a mild burning sensation (2 or 3 out of 10 on the pain scale). I've done a bit of digging around and it makes sense to me that increase in running milage + getting older has contributed to a mild dose of achilles tendonitis. In the past I have had physios comment that my calves are tight (I thought it was a compliment!) and this is also possibly / likely a contributing factor. This has been around for a while and doesn't stop me running.
This morning I decided that rather than just managing / putting up with this I'd like to try and fix it before I up the mileage and (eventually) introduce some more challenging sessions.
I've read some suggestions for AT treatment. These typically consist of:
- back off mileage
- cut out intense sessions like hills / speedwork
- build calf strength
What I'd like to ask is if I'm better off keeping some running going while I do this stuff (in parallel) or whether I should stop running for a while and take my medicine sequentially for example (1) Rest and mend (2) build strength and improve flexibility (3) gradually build up running (again!).
What to do?