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…another bit hurts!

Jan 11th, 2014

Jo Reeve asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:

I have always been a keen runner, usually running 4 to 5 times a week. However, two weeks ago I cycled from John O Groats to lands End, so prior to that most of my time had been spent cycling and my running reduced to 2 times a week.

Since I got back from teh cycle last week I wanted to increase my running again. The first time I ran 10km and everything was fine. The second time I ran I started to get pain on top of my right foot, but it is between my ankle and the mid point of my foot. I thought it may be caused by tight shins and calves so have been stretching those. (I didnt think it could be a stress fracture as I havent done enough for it to be “overused”)

I tried running again yesterday and managed to run for 1hr and 20 mins before the pain became too much and I had to walk the rest of the way! I have a marathon coming up in 2 months – please help!

The Guru Responded:

Hi Jo

I think that everyone can win the injury lottery once (dodgy left knee), but very few, if any body wins the lottery twice, so to have problems with your foot (on the other side) and not be connected is unusual to say the least.

There also comes a point where you can chase injuries and symptoms, but be aware that you are doing nothing for the cause, and so symptoms will return and can be in a different form or guise…..

It could well be that you’ve ties your laces too tight or the tongue of your shoes is stopping the mid foot to move due to the change in activity or it could be due to something else, unrelated…

I think with a marathon on the horizon I’d go and see someone who can (and tell you why, not where), beofore it gets too late…

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