I am 39 years old and run between 5-8km 3 times a week. Have done so since Oct 2015 when I started running. Never suffered an injury before, and for nearly 3 years, I never had more than 3 days rest between runs.
I suffered achilles in both feet last summer. Rested for a week and started running again, but only twice a week, sometimes leaving up to 6 days rest. 3 times a week causes discomfort again (but only when walking and not when running oddly enough). I have tried to manage this niggle for 6 months but it won't go away. After a few days rest, I always think it has finally gone.
However, the discomfort is NOT during running. I only get discomfort from walking down the street after 20 minutes or so. No discomfort at home 99% of the time. I can do stretches without problem. At worst, I get a dull ache in my achilles whilst I am running, no where near enough to make me think about stopping.
The symptons are that after walking for 10-20 minutes or so down the street, I will get cramp in the achilles just above the ankle bone in the same spot. It feels like it is behind the tendon and on the other side of where the skin in if that makes sense (so on the bone side). Is this a small tear? Also, at the top of the calf, I can get a bit of cramp there too. In fact, I don't think I have achilles tendonitis anymore as I don't have swelling and tenderness on the sides of the tendon (haven't done for months) but there is a slightly sore spot which cramps up when walking, but it fine when running.
I presume I just have never given my body a chance to repair itself. Is this a fair assessment.
I have now rested for nearly 2 weeks in a bid to try and get this niggle to go completely. I'm going to run a 5k at the end of this week to see how it all feels.
My questions are:
- Has anybody had an injury where you are fine to run, but have discomfort with walking?
- Have I done permanent damage to my achilles/tendon by continuing to run pretty much pain free for 6 months?
- Should I see a sports physio? I kind of feel a bit silly seeing them for a "niggle" rather than a serious muscle tear.
Thanks all (and merry xmas)