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Sore Achilles


I’m up to w4r3, just loving it but I had forgotten that back in the 90’s I injured my Achilles and had to have an operation to sort it out. The last two runs have left me a bit sore, in both calves/heels I’m pleased to say - meaning that if it’s in both it’s more likely to be a new activity soreness than an injury - but more in my previously injured leg. I was wondering if I should leave longer between runs? I run every other day. I’m on holiday next week, possibly I should give it a rest and do some stretching and strengthening instead?

I have trainers fitted after gait analysis.

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Sorry you’re having problems. Two things that have helped me are going just a little slower, and running on softer surfaces ie not tarmac or paving slabs. Hope matters improve soon. Happy running !

NellytheelephantGraduate in reply to ButtercupKid

Thank you for your suggestion, I could run on grass some of the time so I’ll try that. I’m on stone tracks and some tarmac at the moment, I’ll amend my route to miss the tarmac.

ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Nellytheelephant

Hope it helps ! All the best x


Welcome to the forum and well done on getting started.

This guide to the plan is essential reading and includes links to stretches, sports injury treatment and general advice.

You need to take care with Achilles, do strengthening and leave extra rest days if necessary.

Get professional medical advice if it persists.

NellytheelephantGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you for taking the time to reply, I’ll have a read and also probably talk to a physio as I tried to ignore it before, which patently didn’t work. On reflection I was silly not to have considered this before starting, I was more bothered about arthritis in my other foot - which hasn’t troubled me at all.

But all in all I’m so pleased that I ignored the reasons not to run, and am determined to work my way through this and carry on.

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