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Heel pain!


Was doing really well but when I started run 1 of week 5, I had heel pain in my left heel when starting to run. Didn’t push it so walked home. Tried again a couple of days later and still the same, I’ve rested it for over a week now and it’s still the same. I don't understand it as there’s no pain unless I run. I’m thinking of getting new trainers to see if that would solve the problem. I’m doing calf stretches too. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

4 Replies

Could be a variety of things, but all require care and attention along with rest.

This may help nhs.uk/conditions/heel-pain/

Either way, take care.

if thinking about buying new shoes, this may be helpful healthunlocked.com/couchto5...……………..which-shoes

Take care.

Thank you, very enlightening and informative. Ive done the wet test not definitive I know but have high arches so think I maybe need to get my gait measured properly before buying a pair of running shoes. The other thing that surprised me is I’ve recently started wearing flat shoes around the house but didn’t think anything of it at the time so maybe a factor. Hopefully by changing a couple of things, I’ll soon be running again as I was really enjoying it . Thanks

in reply to Purple66

Gait analysis and insoles do help a great deal. My insoles were cut around my feet and the comfort has been great. However, I also experienced similar pain in my left heel afterwards and went to a physio straight away only to be told it was the Achilles’ tendon that was causing it. The Achilles is a notorious slow healer and won’t heal by itself. I was given various daily exercises and all was fine after a while. I’m not a doctor and I’m not saying your problem is the same as mine, but please do go and check it out. It will help you in the long run!

in reply to mrrun

Thanks I’m hoping the changes make the difference but will at physio if it’s still there

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