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Yesterday I ran on the treadmill, easy pace, and by the first mile my lower legs (especially shins) and feet felt stiff, swollen, and dull-achy. I kept pausing to loosen shoelaces, but again would feel the same puffiness-stiffness after about a mile. Finally I untied my shoes, tucked in the laces, and just ran with untied shoes. It felt a little strange but seemed to help.<br><br>
The only other time I've had the exact feelings happen was during the marathon in March where I ended up spraining my foot. Luckily that did not happen yesterday but the injured area was extra achy last night.<br><br>
Has anyone ever experienced this, or have an idea of possible causes?<br><br>
I'm thinking it could be being back on the treadmill after almost 2 weeks of road running, or that my sodium balance is screwy due to hot weather and eating differently than normal over the weekend (travel/vacation).<br><br>
Or maybe because I usually don't wear heels and had worn shoes with wedge heels for the past two days?
 

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I don't know if the extra humidity, but I stopped and got off the treadmill at least 10x in a 6 mile jog yesterday to unloosen my shoes. I played tennis last night with my son and absolutely my feet hurt, so I took my shoes off...my feet were visibly swollen. My pain was more across the fat part of feet. I asked DH about it and he just said I was retaining water.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> Yeah, well I do that alot and this never happened before. I had drank alot of soda the days before???????????
 

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Maybe it's a combination of having more sodium than normal in previous days, plus the humidity?
 

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Yes, they say that sodium can make you retain water.
 

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Luckily it isn't bothering me any more. My coach thought it was residual effects of flying, but I had flown Sat. night and ran Tuesday. I do get very swollen legs when I fly. This might make me think twice about flying to a race!
 

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CrazyEye --<br><br>
plantar-flexing or dorsi-flexing?<br><br>
I didn't notice, but if it happens again, I'll pay attention to that. Since I've only felt like this on 2 runs out of hundreds in the past several years, I'm not likely to think it's compartment syndrome, but that's definitely something good to be aware of!
 
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