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Author Topic: Minimalist / 0mm drop and achilles pain  (Read 544 times)
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« on: October 15, 2013, 06:56:08 PM »

Hi all,

I'm looking for a bit of help if possible. I'm 26 and have had achilles problems for about 3 years now. 'm not sure what started it - it was probably my walking shoes (I'm not a runner). I also did do a lot of plyometrics (Team Beachbody Insanity workouts) barefoot on my carpet and maybe that aggravated something.

I had serious stiffness in the morning, plus serious throbbing pains just while walking around during the day. Physio, stretching etc. didn't help - as soon as I started using my feet again it would start hurting. Luckily I've been treating them with microcurrent therapy and that has taken care of 90% of the problem - no more morning stiffness etc.

However, they're still tweaky after I walk around - I can tell the tendon is sore when I push on it in one particular spot on each foot. They're aggravated by cushioning and sneaker heel drops, so I wear a pair of Merrell Pace Gloves (the equivalent of the Trail Glove for women - completely minimalist sole, 0mm hell drop) or flats around town. I'm also flatfooted, so I have a pair of VFFs that I might start wearing around the house to try and fix that. It also only happens when I'm wearing shoes - though granted I don't walk around outside barefoot so I can't really tell!

I'm not sure what to do - is it possible I'm just stuck with it or does it just need some more TLC? Would the VFFs perhaps help?

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 05:50:40 PM »

Hi Kabutar,

Sorry to hear about the issue you are having.  I had similar experience with achilles, it was 4 years ago when i started doing the "Cardio blast workout" program with my friends, i would always setup treadmill incline to 6, even though i was actively running around that time, that setup didn't seem to be well suited for me, as after couple of weeks of using this program (2-3 a week), i started experiencing the sharp pain on both sides - this problem was new to me and got me worry - so i stopped going to the gym for a couple of month and running as well. But later would slowly transition myself to the gym via elliptical work-outs.

I do too have a flat feet.


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