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Achilles Tendonitis and Shoe Type

by Peter Sandler
(NY, NY, USA)

I am just getting over a case of achilles tendonitis. It started about a week after I ran the NJ Marathon. I gave it about five weeks rest (just elliptical machine, no running) and did the ice, rest, heat thing also anti-inflammatories.

It feels a lot better and I just started some light running today with a brace. I am about a week away from getting into my training program for the Hartford Marathon and was wondering what is the best running shoe for this injury?

I run in the Brooks Glycerin. Is this a good shoe?








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Answer by Dominique:


Hi Peter,
Thanks for your running question.
It sounds like you have been really sensible with your achilles tendinitis.

The only remaining question I have is what would have caused this running injury to begin with. Were you overdoing it (too much mileage, too much hill work, was the marathon a little too much for you) or was it your footwear?

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Brooks running shoes are quality and the Brooks Glycerin is one of their more popular neutral running shoes.

Neutral running shoes are great for you if you have a high arch.

When you have a high arch, your foot does not collapse enough when it lands, causing extra upward pressure on your achilles and lower legs.

Neutral running shoes generally have a softer mid-sole that allow your foot to have a more natural foot motion.

So, if you have a high arch, the Brooks Glycerin could very well be a suitable shoe for you. If you however don't happen to have a high arch, then the Brooks Glycerin may not be what you need.

Make sure to check out my How to Choose Running Shoes page which will provide you with a range of choices given your foot type, mileage, weight, etc.

Additionally, you can go to a specialist foot store and ask them to test your foot type so you can be a bit surer about your shoes.

Best of luck in that marathon and I hope the achilles tendinitis stays away!
Cheers,
Dominique







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Jun 22, 2009
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by: peter sandler

Thanks Dominique,

I don't quite know what caused it. I have been an athlete and runner for several years although this was my first full marathon.

I took a week off of running after the marathon (and had no pain at all that week) and decided to go on a light run the following Sunday when I started to feel pain around mile 4 and the more incline I used (treadmill) the worst it felt. I simply quit but then could not walk for a few days.

Today is my first day of really training for the Hartford Marathon and just to be cautious I will probably not do any hill or speed workouts for a few more weeks.

Is there a typical time frame for this to completely heal?

Thanks,
Peter

Jun 24, 2009
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by: Dominique

Hi Peter,
Happy to be of help.

A marathon is a tough, tough distance. It probably took everything out of you and next time I would advise to just take 2-3 weeks off after the marathon. You can do some cross-training etc, but give the legs a break after a long tough training period and race.

Hard to say what the typical period is, depends a lot on severity and what you do about it. If you catch it early as you have, then you can be injury-free within just a few weeks. If you do not let stuff like this heal then you can really give yourself grief for months and months as it can develop in sort of a chronic condition.

Best of luck with the training!
Cheers,
Dominique (the guy who spends too much time on this site and not enough on running himself!)

Dec 23, 2010
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This injury should be taken quite seriously.

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