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Running Trouble
Last Post 22 Dec 2012 12:47 AM by CSAYank. 12 Replies.
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17 Dec 2012 06:22 PM
    Hey guys. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on a problem I've been having when I run. Lately I've noticed some tension/light discomfort in my right heel a few hours after I work out. I've been stretching thoroughly both before and after, but the problem persists. It's not unbearable pain or anything, but it sort of creaks when I try to move the heel (if that makes sense). What's going on? What can I do to fix this? Should I see a doctor? What could that mean for my enlistment (I swear into the DEP in January)? Thanks in advance, guys!
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    17 Dec 2012 06:28 PM
    You need to look at your shoes and running style. Slow down on running. Make sure you have good shoes not worn out
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    17 Dec 2012 06:53 PM
    Shoes are definitely the single most important part. Talk to someone that knows what they're doing and get the right shoe for you. Dick's is pretty good for that.

    Second, in addition to stretching (at least 5-10 minutes before and after each run), eat some bananas for the potassium. This will help with the cramps. One thing I do on occasion is take a Motrin or ibuprofen after a run to keep the inflammation down. I run around 100 miles per month, so cramps and muscle aches happen quite frequently.

    As with any training program, talk to your doctor and a trainer to make sure you're healthy enough to train, and to find the best program for you.
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    17 Dec 2012 06:56 PM
    I ditto the new shoes...go to Lukes locker and have them analyze your step and get you in the proper shoe. You honestly get what you pay for in tennis/running shoes, it hurts to buy them, but the pay off with the feet is worth it.
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    17 Dec 2012 07:02 PM
    Thanks everyone. I'm thinking it has GOT to be the shoes. Mine are pretty old. I'm going to try to go get a pair this weekend. I'll keep stretching and eating bananas, too!
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    17 Dec 2012 07:20 PM
    Its really important to have someone that knows what they are doing look at you when you run.

    I went to boot not knowing that both of my foot arches were abnormal probably resulting from jumping a full story down into a concrete porch in ballerina slippers. I limped around for a while but never got my feet looked at.

    a year or two later, in boot, they gave me inserts to align my feet correctly and provide support, but it got WAY worse before it got better, my feet were breaking, my knees then were dying, and then my back was out of wack. I didn't get new inserts until right before the PT test in week 4. I never went on greenbelt because our CCs had a strict rule about it, but I feel like I probably didn't walk or run normal again until a couple months after boot.

    I still wear my inserts with my boots every day and probably not until 6 months ago could I wear any shoe without them.

    So get it looked at, if you get legitimately hurt in bootcamp because you didn't get it taken care of now, it could be a lot worse and you could end up in RHE and get held back for injuring yourself.
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    17 Dec 2012 07:54 PM
    And if you're a frequent runner, you need to change out the shoes more often. I change shoes after about 250 miles/3 months. Sometimes I will stretch it longer if I buy new insoles (good ones, not Dr Scholls). My body can tell when the shoes are beyond their service life. I'll start getting soreness and cramps in my calves and ankles that I normally don't get.
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    17 Dec 2012 09:10 PM
    Oh wow! 3 months...I guess I have a lot to learn. I've always been "active", but I've never really been a "runner". I love running, though, and I would like to do it a lot more. I definitely need to get new shoes. Based on what you guys have been saying, I think this is the obvious solution.
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    18 Dec 2012 12:22 AM
    Start with the shoes and insoles...had I known that that's what caused all my knee and ankle issues I never would have talked to my doctor about...doctor referred me to an arthritis specialist and now MEPS has pushed me back three times because of those records :-(
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    18 Dec 2012 08:37 AM
    I use new balance shoes with inserts. The ones I get are a little pricey but the build quality and longevity of both the shoes and the inserts are great.
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    18 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
    As others have stated, proper shoes are key! A running shoe store should offer a good selection. Be sure to talk to a specialist so they can do a foot analysis and recommend the best shoe.

    Also, they can help coach you on proper running form.

    Be sure to stretch before and after. I tend to eat/drink something within 30 minutes to 1 hour to reduce soreness. Chocolate milk has the perfect 4:1 ratio and is an example of a great recovery drink.

    Finally, invest in a foam roller or massager to assist in reducing soreness.

    Good luck!
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    18 Dec 2012 04:05 PM
    Thanks, again! These are great tips. I appreciate it.
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    22 Dec 2012 12:47 AM

    I'll ditto the shoes but also how do you run? Many people run on their heels, which could be causing the problem too. I do, and always have, run on the balls of my feet. Running this way allows your tendons that are supposed to take the tension, take the tension and spring back. If you're coming down hard on your heel, that could be causing your problem also.

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