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Hey all, just wondeed what those more knowledgable might think... I wear minimalist shoes as well as train once a week in vibram 5 fingers. I have been doing so for 8 months now with no injuries (until now) but with many added benefits to my running, as opposed to before when I used to wear custom made orthotics as well as stability control shoes for "exessive over pronation". Like I said, until now I have had no problems whereas before I suffered a lot of knee, hip and back pain.
I have been running approx 40 miles per week and just raced a 10k at the weekend that I was training towards. 4 weeks ago after an 8km barefoot run I started getting some arch pain when I ran, kind of similar to cramp. Since then I have only had 1 pain free run - the rest resulting in sore and swollen arches. I am terrible for not stretching and I know that, especiall in minimalist and barefoot running, calf stretching is essential. I do usually suffer from very tight calves and do a lot of hill running - could this be where my arch pain is coming from??
I am determined not to go back to support shoes - can I just treat this myself and then make sure I stretch properly? Have rolled a tennis ball a lot which does help temporarily...
Any help appreciated Thanks guys