Running certainly has been educational--I'm learning about anatomy as
different parts of my body hurt as the weeks go along. I've been through
shins (which I thought would be fatal) and, most recently, strained ITB
due to the usual combination of faster and longer.
The latest ouch is in my right heel, at the front of the heel pad and
base of the arch, sometimes extending into the arch. This may be related
to shoes, but I alternate a two pairs from different makers and haven't
really discovered a pattern (i.e. it's not clear that one pair of shoes
was worn on a day that hurts more). Icing is a problem, it tickles
Any thoughts or recommendations?
Sounds like you have plantar fasciitis! Several things - 1. you need
orthotics (the other injuries you described suggest that you have
biomechanical problems that running has amplified). 2. A night splint (plus
five degrees dorsi flexion) is an inexpensive but often successful solution.
3. Ice. 4. Anti-inflam. drugs should help as well.
Finally - stretch out your legs and feet after you run a little ways, before
you ramp up to your usual pace. Take care of teh plantar fasciitis, because
it can be disableing!