I’ve been struggling a lot with pains in my calves and on the inside of my ankles, which has been getting steadily worse since October. At first, I though it was that I was relatively new to running, having graduated from C25k in July, and I just needed to keep running but build up my endurance gradually.
Over the Christmas break, I had more time to ‘check in’ like Abi recommended in her recent post, and take stock. Clearly the pain was not going away, although some comfy 3/4 gel inserts from boots (about £21) made a difference.
So on Tuesday I took the plunge and visited the sports physio our club coach recommended to me back in December. I should have gone much sooner!
It turns out I have got VERY flat feet with terribly fallen arches, and have probably had them for years. After a 1/2hr sports massage of my incredibly tight calf muscles, I was sent away with a set of prescription 3/4 orthotic inserts (£35), some specific stretching and spikey ball routines to practice, and told to give it a rest for a day or two. After that I could start running again but told to take it easy & report back for another session next week.
Well... last night I went on a club tempo run, an activity which in the past I often suffered at, with my new inserts. The difference is incredible- no pain in the calves and much less tiredness after the run. There’s some discomfort in the arch of my foot, but nothing like the pain I’d normally be in the day after one of those runs.
So I can vouch for Abi’s ‘check-in’ idea - if it’s not feeling right, find a recommended sports physio and get it sorted out!