Tendon issues

I am a graduate and usually run 30-40 three times a week using a treadmill but for the 2nd time in 3 months I have ground to a halt because of a tender and painful Achilles tendon. I always do a long warm up because of my age (69) and because I have problems with stretches before and after (I have arthritis in my knees which limits the amount I can bend my leg to lunge) I took a week off when my tendon started playing up last Wednesday and it seemed OK so I went back to running today after a weeks rest. Bad idea! I warmed up for 10 minutes and then ran on the treadmill as usual but after 3 minutes it felt tight and after 5 minutes here I am back on the couch again feeling sorry for myself. Any suggestions on what to do next would be most helpful.

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  • I don't have any suggestions, sorry, but it is great to hear that you are still running at 69 - that is a great achievement!

    Actually, I do remember reading in a science journal (TheMindOfCol's research group I think it was from) that calories don't count on the injury couch so why not grab a book, a nice cake and enjoy your time off :-).

  • Hi there,

    Sorry to hear you have been having problems.

    I don't have any medical knowledge but if it is a niggle that won't go away it might be a good idea to see a physio through a GP.

    There could be some exercises that help and strengthen that area.

    Have you changed anything lately ? For instance if you are doing additional exercise or changed shoes or changed the incline on the treadmill. Sometimes doing something extra or different can cause pain.

    I hope you are back to running soon.

  • I'm sorry to hear that you have been having some tendon pains. I don't have any advise to give you i'm afraid. I'll with you on the IC too at the moment and I can appreciate how frustrating it is!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  • I had achilles tendonitis and like you had a little break, but after a few mins it got painful again - I think the only treatment really is rest - and eccentric heel drops. I had 6 weeks off. Bu**er innit?

  • Hope you get it sorted, running.competitor.com/2014...

  • This was very helpful. Thank you.

  • This was very helpful. Thank you.

  • I had Achilles problems last summer and ignored it till it got too bad and had to stop for 8 months. Definitely recommend a physio via the GP. I still do eccentric exercises and it seems to be keeping the problem away. Better to seek advice and take it easy for a bit than have to stop. Good luck.

  • I've had Achilles Tendonitis on both legs. I've been able to get relief from foam rolling and a series of different exercises (especially calf stretches). It took about a month to work but now I'm back to normal.

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