Hi, I have been plagued by Achilles Tendonitis
for a while now.
It started ages ago but went away for a long
Over the last year or two it has returned and although I can ease it, even feel it is gone after a suitable period of rest (even several weeks), it doesn't take more than a week or so (at most) of running a max of 5 miles at a time (often 3-4 miles), 3 times a week (at most), to flare up again.
It's only my left
foot, just above the heel.
I am wondering if my shoes
have played a part in this and if changing them could help?
I am running in a pair of Brooks 'Ghost 11's
' (black mesh shoe with orange detailing) and have had them from new, for around 18 months or so, perhaps longer.
I am a 58 year old man of around 13st in weight and 5'8" in height....so yes a little overweight right now but
in my defence, it doesn't help that I can't get any momentum or regularity to my running due to this problem flaring up whenever I try!
I also over-pronate and have had orthotics for many years. In fact my current orthotics are the high density foam type and are quiet a few years old now.
The orthotics may have compressed over the years, thus perhaps, negating the 5mm leg length difference I was supposed to have, although for the life of me I can't remember which leg it was!
I wear my old orthotics in the Brooks, every time I run.
I also wear them quiet loose (I can slip them on still tied) so perhaps them being too
loose is aggravating my Achilles? Is that a thing
? Can a loose fitting shoes cause or aggravate Achilles issues?
Also I have also read that shoes with a higher heel and a turned-up toe or rocker under the toe will reduce load on the Achilles tendon? Is this true?
I'm not sure if this is correct but from what I have found online the Men's Brooks 'Ghost 11' specs are:-
- Weight: Moderate | 10.2 oz
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: Very High | 12.7 mm
- Heel Height: Very High | 35.6 mm
- Heel Cushioning: Very Soft
- Forefoot Height: Moderate | 22.9 mm
- Forefoot Cushioning: Soft
- Flexibility: Stiff
- Stability Features: Moderate
- Energy Return: More
It looks like the shoe already has a high heel and decent heel cushioning although it is fairly stiff
, which from reading up, can also contribute to Achilles problems?
I'm not competitive and certainly in no danger of winning or even entering any races (unless I can get fitter anyway) but
I would like to run with some consistency in order to get fitter and lose some weight.
I've tried cycling but frankly find it very uncomfortable, regardless of how I set up my bike or what saddle or handlebars etc. I fit.
Can anyone help?....I just want to run.....