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I have recently started running again, back in July it was just getting out there and completing a run but now I’m starting to take it slightly more serious, I’ve completed various 10K events and have signed up to my first half marathon in March.

however, the last 3 or 4 runs I’ve had really bad pain, almost like shin splints in the lower ankle to the right side and I’ve been left with really bad heel pain, any ideas how this has come about and best way to cure?

I run in Adidas pure boost but not sure if these are any good for my 10K road runs or if I need a more robust running shoe?
 

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Hi, without stating the obvious, do you have low arches ?

What you have described almost exactly describes the pain my son suffered during and after sport.

It turned out that he had low arches, which caused his foot to roll inwards, which in turn put pressure on the tendons that ran alongside his ankle > causing similar pain to that you describe.

It was remedied by buying a decent pair of insoles with arch supports.
 

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Hi, without stating the obvious, do you have low arches ?

What you have described almost exactly describes the pain my son suffered during and after sport.

It turned out that he had low arches, which caused his foot to roll inwards, which in turn put pressure on the tendons that ran alongside his ankle > causing similar pain to that you describe.

It was remedied by buying a decent pair of insoles with arch supports.
Hi, yes I do have low arches and the more I think about what you have said the more it makes sense.

When I did my Gait analysis I was told I have a neutral run, but I’ve lost almost 2 stone since then and I’m running an average of 30-40K a week now at a much quicker pace so I may need different trainers.

Out of interest what was the insole? I will be heading to get my Gait analysis done again as I probably need to adjust my trainer style also.

thanks Dan
 

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Hi Dan,

There is a specific term for it, but for the life of me I can`t remember what it is - sorry !

I`m sure if you hunt around you`ll find the correct name for the condition.

The way it was explained to me by a friend who is a physio, is that it`s a common condition amongst people who do high impact sports and have flat feet / low arches.

When the foot repeatedly strikes the floor, the foot rolls inwards ( due to lack of arch support ) and this strains the tendon(s) that run from the ankle downwards to the foot. The pain then manifests itself in the side of the foot and transfers to the area underneath / around the back of the heel.

I was able to cure my sons problem, by simply buying a couple of pairs of purpose built arch support insoles for his rugby boots and trainers, so you may not need new runners ? The insoles cost about £7.00 each off the likes of Ebay.

Can I hasten to add that I`m not medically qualified in anyway and I`m just basing this on my own experience.

What I`d say though, is for the sake of a few quid, what`ve you got to lose by giving the arch support insoles a go ?

Cheers - Austin.
 

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Ps - Where are you having your gait analysis done ?

Again only my experience, but rather than getting it done by the staff in a running shop, I paying that little bit more and getting it done by a proper podiatrist, who specialises in sport / running was beneficial.

The podiatrist who I saw, looked at everything- my running style, gait, foot strike, balance, weight, difference between my two feet, basically everything, which took around 40 mins from start to finish.

If you`re in the North West, I can recommend a very good podiatrist, who is a smashing guy and who also looks after the feet of a local Premier League footy club.
 

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I have recently started running again, back in July it was just getting out there and completing a run but now I’m starting to take it slightly more serious, I’ve completed various 10K events and have signed up to my first half marathon in March.

however, the last 3 or 4 runs I’ve had really bad pain, almost like shin splints in the lower ankle to the right side and I’ve been left with really bad heel pain, any ideas how this has come about and best way to cure?

I run in Adidas pure boost but not sure if these are any good for my 10K road runs or if I need a more robust running shoe?
Pain to the 'right' side, which ankle do you mean as that could be a lateral or medial pain depending on which side you're on about.

Don't get bogged down about arch height
 

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Ps - Where are you having your gait analysis done ?

Again only my experience, but rather than getting it done by the staff in a running shop, I paying that little bit more and getting it done by a proper podiatrist, who specialises in sport / running was beneficial.

The podiatrist who I saw, looked at everything- my running style, gait, foot strike, balance, weight, difference between my two feet, basically everything, which took around 40 mins from start to finish.

If you`re in the North West, I can recommend a very good podiatrist, who is a smashing guy and who also looks after the feet of a local Premier League footy club.
Who is that?
 

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Hi Dan,

There is a specific term for it, but for the life of me I can`t remember what it is - sorry !

I`m sure if you hunt around you`ll find the correct name for the condition.

The way it was explained to me by a friend who is a physio, is that it`s a common condition amongst people who do high impact sports and have flat feet / low arches.

When the foot repeatedly strikes the floor, the foot rolls inwards ( due to lack of arch support ) and this strains the tendon(s) that run from the ankle downwards to the foot. The pain then manifests itself in the side of the foot and transfers to the area underneath / around the back of the heel.

I was able to cure my sons problem, by simply buying a couple of pairs of purpose built arch support insoles for his rugby boots and trainers, so you may not need new runners ? The insoles cost about £7.00 each off the likes of Ebay.

Can I hasten to add that I`m not medically qualified in anyway and I`m just basing this on my own experience.

What I`d say though, is for the sake of a few quid, what`ve you got to lose by giving the arch support insoles a go ?

Cheers - Austin.
Ps - Where are you having your gait analysis done ?

Again only my experience, but rather than getting it done by the staff in a running shop, I paying that little bit more and getting it done by a proper podiatrist, who specialises in sport / running was beneficial.

The podiatrist who I saw, looked at everything- my running style, gait, foot strike, balance, weight, difference between my two feet, basically everything, which took around 40 mins from start to finish.

If you`re in the North West, I can recommend a very good podiatrist, who is a smashing guy and who also looks after the feet of a local Premier League footy club.
Hi, I will be looking to have it done in the South West, I used a running shop in Bristol last time that are very good, I’m thinking I could be running very different to now to when I started 6 months ago.
 

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Pain to the 'right' side, which ankle do you mean as that could be a lateral or medial pain depending on which side you're on about.

Don't get bogged down about arch height
Hi,
It’s a pain to the right side of my right ankle and within the heel just before the arch, I have been for a slow HR run this morning with an ankle support and it’s not been to bad at all
 

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See what they say in the running shop, but if it persists I’d recommend a trip to a podiatrist who specialises in sport.

He / she will more than likely recommend suitable shoes too, especially if they’re runners themselves.

Even then a lot of it seems to be trial and error !
 

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Hi,
It’s a pain to the right side of my right ankle and within the heel just before the arch, I have been for a slow HR run this morning with an ankle support and it’s not been to bad at all
Have a look at sinus tarsi syndrome-google it
 
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