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I few weeks ago I started noticing some discomfort in my left Achilles. It was mild discomfort and usually went away while running. I didn't even notice it all the time. I started to notice it a little more, and around that time was when I when I got sick, for a whole damn week. I couldn't run becaues I felt like absolute crap, so I was able to give my Achilles what I thought was needed rest.<br><br>
Now I am well, and started running again on Monday. I noticed a little discomfort with the Achilles toward the end of my run. Tuesday I really started noticing it, and it's pretty much bothered me ever since.<br><br>
I haven't run since Tuesday. Yesterday was a scheduled off day, and I woke up to run this morning, but since I am still having some pain off and on I decided to not run.<br><br>
Tuesday morning (before the tendon even <i>really</i> started bothering me) I called and made an appointment with a chiro who does ART. I have had a lot of people suggest it to me and swear by it. That appointment is not until Tuesday. Is there anything I should be doing between now and then. I've been icing the area throughout the day, take ibuprofen occasionally... I probably need to do some mild stretching. Should I not run at all or just do what I can bearing I am not forcing myself to run though pain?<br><br>
I appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
 

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ice, massage, stretching, NSAIDS, arnica cream. if you want to try running and if it hurts, stop?
 

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Also, get a heel lift and wear it in all your shoes.<br><br>
Be careful and take whatever time you need to get it healed up. The ART will help.
 

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I strained mine this spring and it still gives me a little trouble. I'd say same thing, ice helped. I found that the stand on the step, drop your heel stretch was a little too intense, and the 2 hands on the wall, one foot back, slowly push down the heel worked better.<br><br>
I've also found that stretching before I run on something softer (dirt or cinder) helps. I usually don't really stretch before running.<br><br>
I also get less discomfort when I run in shoes with lower heels (flats, or flatter training shoes).<br><br>
And, not that I have any experience with this, but if your daytime shoes have any heel, I would think it would also be logical to move to something flatter.<br><br>
Hope some of that helps.
 

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Yup, That was the first think I was told when I was dealing with mine. My PT even gave me a couple to use. My podiatrist also recommended them.
 

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You know, yesterday I wore shoes that had a little heel (a kitten heel) and walking around in them sucked. But walking around bare foot or in flip-flops feels a lot better. Guess I'll need to invest in some more flats!
 

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I just want to point out that my adivce is the opposite of sierra's and mine was never bad enough to see a doc or PT, I just did what seemed to feel good. So, I'd take it with a grain of salt.
 

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Sorry you're dealing with this. Your VRAA posts looked unstoppable!<br><br>
I have chronic Achilles Tendonitis. I was a fencer in college, which is very hard on the right knee, left ankle and right rotator cuff. Not coincidentally, those are my problem areas now.<br><br>
Tendons are a tough area to heal; they often don't heal quickly. I was in P/T at University of Florida (GREAT P/T program) for quite a while for this (never fully healed b/c I was an idiot and continued to compete even though I was on crutches).<br><br>
I was adviced of the same. The drop your heel stretch can easily aggravate the tendon. Pushing against the wall is much better. When the tendon heals, you want to do ankle strengthening exercises as well.<br><br>
A great way to ice the ankle is to fill little dixie cups with water and put them in the freezer. When frozen, rub the ice end over your ankle and keep pealing the paper back as it melts. The ankle is tough to fit an ice bag around. Ultrasound is also good; maybe your ART guy will have it?<br><br>
I have trouble with really flat shoes, and do better with a little lift. Those cute Puma shoes, for instance, are an INSTANT AT aggravator for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> Good luck with this. If it's bothering you at all, I'd stay off of it. I know that's tough, but you do not want this to linger.
 

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Be cautious about the heel lift...yes it will reduce the pain but it will perpetuate the problem. As in, when the heel is lifted the calf is shortened. I am going to guess that the problem is originating in the fact that you have a tight calf muscle. So you see, shortening it would alleviate yes, but not fix....just my $.02
 

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I have peroneal tendon issues and my calfs are ridiculously tight!<br><br>
I have a stick, but haven't used it on my calves yet.
 

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Agreed. I was also told to stretch my calves at least 10 times a day at the same time I was given the heel lifts.
 
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