Severe Re-Occuring Achilles Pain

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  1. Alles,

    As I'm not in a position to visit a quack for the next 2 months could anyone in the know offer a bit of advice.

    I have suffered from severe pain in my Achilles tendon over the past few weeks, especially after running. It started a while ago after completing a 10miler and I rested it for about 3 weeks with no impact fitness (apart from dog walking). Continued the normal stretching routine as I was finding it was still stiff in the mornings (oooeeeerrrr). Started to jog this morning, after a specific warm up session to ensure no damage was done, and after a mile the pain returned. There's no pin point swelling which would indicate a sheath rupture but it still ******* knacks.

    Any advice? Are my running days over and will I have to result to the gayfest which is spinning classes. It wouldn't be a huge concern but my present job requires a 6 monthly phys test and I certainly don't want to look like the biff.

    All sensible replies greatly appreciated.
  2. I had something similar as a teenager, when we were doing regular cross-country running at school. It was diagnosed as inflammation of the tendon sheath. Mine went away eventually, but it took me a couple of years of no running, but doing other low impact stuff. Mr Ibuleve didn't seem to work for me.

    It can be caused by over-pronating the foot so you might want to get your trainers looked at by a specialist running shop.
  3. Possible wrong shoes mate, as hector said, go to a proper running shop and have your gait checked. They'll then advise you on what type of shoe you'll need.

    At that point, bow out politely and order the previous years model of recommended shoe online and save a packet.
  4. I had the same thing on and off for many years. Three things seemed to help - extensive warm up stretches, which I only started doing late in life, proper running shoes from a specialist shop and the electrical treatment provided by the physio. Now, this particular physio was a bit of a quack, so I don't really know if it was his electrical machine or the passage of time that helped. But my first port of call after a bit of a rest and some new shoes would be a reputable physio.
  5. Had this in both tendons after running in Vibram Fivefingers for a year. They sorted my back but buggered my achilles. Stretching and better trainers with more cushioning and after a few months they were fine.
  6. I use Inov-8 roclite trainers as the terrain is slightly rough to say the least. I've used these for the past 9 months, and they are the best training shoes I've had. Sadly, it looks like I may have to visit a specialist shop when I return to the UK. As for stretching as part of the warm up I've being doing this but it doesn't seem to have been effective of late. Never had my gait checked maybe I'm just running like a spaz. The thing is never had any Achilles dramas when running in trainers in the military, just seems strange it's happening now. Maybe it's old age and I should resort to pipe and slippers.