I was training for my first marathon and sprained my ankle 3 months before
the race. I recovered and was running again in 4 week. I increased my
mileage until I was running 40 mile a week including 20 miles on the
weekend. A week and a half before the race I got new shoes, (not smart, I
know). I was in an Asics2020 and was put in a "comparable" New Balance.
First day 4 miles. Felt good but I noticed that in front of my heel on the outside and bottom of my foot the shoe felt higher and like I was running on a small lump there. The next day I ran 8 miles and after 4 miles I had pain in that region. After the run I was limping and had pain just to walk or stand. I laid off for a week heald till I had no pain to walk. Then tried to run in my old shoes. After 1.5 miles I could barely walk. The pain is in the outside of my foot in the soft tissue below my ankle bone and under the a sole a little. It also shot when I was running just behind my ankle and 6 inches up my leg. It only hurts when I run or walk to much. This is not the ankle I recently sprained although I did sprain it severely 5 years ago.
Hope you can help.
Thank you, Mark
You have experienced the effect of training in a new environment without being properly prepared. It is important for you to wear a new shoe for a day or so, just walking around, before you run in it so you can feel if it really is comfortable. The feeling you had of running on a lump is probably a defect in the shoe, and had you felt it for a day just walking around, you might have taken the shoe back and exchanged it. In fact, I would do that any way!
That said, you have probably altered your gait pattern due to the discomfort, and now you are in a situation where you are using your muscles differenty than usual in order to protect the injured part. My advice is to take time off, use ice and an anti-inlflam. drug (ibuprofin) for several days, and make sure you are comfortable in your new shoes before you run in them. In order not to loose you fitness, try cycling (stationary bike), swimming or sliding (if it is not painful) as an alternate activity until you are ready to run again.