I now have tendonitis in the Achilles on both feet. They are swollen and painful. When I get up in the morning it really hurts to walk to the loo. Things do improve when I've walked for a short distance, but it's getting started that I dread. The pain also extends over the top of my feet. I am hoping that weight loss will mitigate these problems. Some of the 'steroid' weight is beginning to come off - I lost 7 lbs without trying. So I am now on the 5:2 diet whereby I eat sparingly (up to 500 calories) for two - non consecutive - days and normally for the rest of the week. So far, so good. Has anyone else tried this? It's great to know that if you feel a bit deprived on a 'fast' day, you can have something you really like (within reason) the next day. I have rediscovered cottage cheese and find that I rather like it.