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I agree with Nettie: suspect PF until you're absolutely sure it's something else.<br><br>
Start being super careful about your first step out of bed in the morning, never go barefoot (esp for that first step) and make sure all your shoes are cushioned/supportive.<br><br>
The problem is most likely in your calf (too short) so see if you can gently stretch it but be careful not to irritate the PF. Some people have good luck freezing a pop bottle full of water and using it to massage the bottom of their foot too.
 

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Ice, rest, stretch, repeat. Like Hippo said, it helps to take a metal can (think 15oz canned goods) and then roll it around under your foot. I have "the stick" and roll it under my foot to loosen the fascia up.
 

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Thanks for the answers but I'm pretty sure it's not PF. Pain is between my ankle and my heel at the back of my foot and I feel it only when I push on my toes during my walking/running motion.
 

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Strained achille tendon. Yes, it makes sense. Maybe not that strained, but a warning. Think I'll pay a visit to a fizzio. Not time to aggravate it 10 weeks before boston.
 

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Also be warned that calf strains, Achilles Tendonitis, and PF are all in the same chain. Generally when one is injured or tight, the stress is also transmitted to the others. I have a theory that almost every runner who has an injury to one of those that he notices as pain is very close to the injury threshold on the other two.<br><br>
So take great care and really look at what you do in life that stresses that lower posterior chain. You really don't want to work to fix the AT problem only to find you've torn your calf muscle or gotten bad PF.
 

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Hippo is a smaht man <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I would bet my next paycheck that your calves are the source or the big contributor of your problem <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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"So take great care and really look at what you do in life that stresses that lower posterior chain"<br><br>
Nothing else but running in my case. I was putting more volume and intensity in my training lately. So, last Tuesday, my run was almost over (half a mile to go) when I felt that pain each time I was pushing on my left foot. When I realized that I still felt it while walking, I've decided to stop running until I felt nothing. Yesterday was the first day without pain, so I went out and it was back after 3 miles. I wouldn't say that my tendon is "strained", but there's something a wrong. No swelling or pain when I touch the area though. But darn it's scary.
 

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Hi runningag! Have you tried deep water running? It is probably the best way to maintain running and aerobic fitness while injured. No impact but very little adjustment after you begin running on hard surfaces again.<br><br>
Something that I noticed in the past with my achilles hurting or feeling hot was when I had shoes that had to much cushining in the heals.<br><br>
Good luck on healing up, Larry
 

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Deep water running! That's a great idea. But I have to find a place where I'm not forced to take a course. Thanks <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Finally it's not Achille's tendon, but another muscle just beside, and it's not serious. Good thing that I didn't run on it to aggravate it (but it's so hard to stay put). Now I have exercises to strengthen that muscle as well as my Achille's tendon and I'll go for a test run tomorrow.<br><br>
Thanks for all your answers that helped me to have an idea of what I've got.
 

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It is Bursitis of the Calcaneal Bursae?<br>
Or is it inflamation of one of the flexor muscles? Flexor Hallucus Longus or Flexor Digitorum Longus? Extensor Retinaculum?<br><br>
Again... these websites are a BAD place for medical advice. UNless someone here is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Orthopedist or Sports Physician.. be warry of any advice of diagnosis.
 

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That is what I have Retro Bursitis!! How long will it take to get rid of this? I have been doing the stretching for AT and icing and heat and it gets better through out the day but the next morning it hurts again so start all over again. I also notice that when I put my toes up like going up hill and put my body forward I feel this poop and then the discomfort is gone! What is that? I need lots of Help!!<img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">
 
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