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Advice needed

Thursday, May 29, 2014

After adding exercise back into my life, I am experiencing an issue I don't remember having before and one that is reoccurring. Firstly, I feel weak and have experienced tight muscles. Even if I warm up first my calf muscles and sometimes my lower back muscles tense up to the point I've had to stop a moment then proceed with my walk. Secondly, I am experiencing minor pain on the top of my foot up to the connection of my leg. I have talked with trainers before and have never gotten an acceptable response other than it's a common problem. My line of thinking is that maybe I need different shoes OR I need to adjust my stride/walking style, if it's possible to change your stride. According to the picture it looks like I may have a tendon issue. Any advice or ideas? Thanks!
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  • SUE5007
    You can absolutely change your stride. You just have to be conscious of it while running until it becomes second nature. (I used to take long strides and it burned me out so quickly! Now I take smaller steps and it helps my endurance immensely.)
    If you take too long of a step and land on the back edge of your heel, you can get shin splints. If you tie your shoes to tight, the top of your foot can be restricted and cause injury. That is where I would start if I was you. You might want to google marathon shoe lace...it's a different way to lace your shoes that gives your foot more room to flex. Runners World has an article showing lots of examples as well. You might want to check out some articles on their site. See if they suggest ice or heat to help.
    When you get fitted for a shoe they will give you a shoe 1/2-1 size bigger than usual because your foot needs extra room to flex when running. Your shoe should be tied just snug enough that it doesn't fall off.
    Good luck to you! emoticon
    2520 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/29/2014 7:03:21 PM
    Sounds like you need to talk to a doctor and I am not one but what happens to me occasionally during walking is build-up of lactic acid in my muscles which can make my calf muscles really sore.

    Below is a link to two articles about this. If this is is what you are experiencing the second article has some very useful suggestions about how to prevent it from happening.



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