|The path followed around the edge of Cockrone Lagoon at|
McMasters Beach during this morning's run.
In the past, prior to surgery, I have managed chronic Achilles problems through the use of heel raises. I recently purchased some at a sports store, but they are softish and more designed to cushion the heel strike. I wonder if they make the problem worse, because there seems to be greater friction between the heel and the shoe as the pad compresses. Thirty years ago, I used more rigid heel raises and often wore them for years on end. The theory behind these heel raises is that the heel is higher relative to the front of the foot and therefore, with each step, the angle defined between the lower leg and foot is less acute. We are talking millimetres, but it does make a difference. I used to make my own heel raises by carving up the heels of old thongs (flip flops) and velcroing them to the inside base of my shoes. Sadly, the thongs of these days seem to be made of softer and thicker material, and making my own heel raises hasn't been practicable. An alternative I once used were Sorbothane heel pads and I've found they are still available on the web, so have ordered some. If they don't work, I think I'll be visiting Dr Jon and getting an MRI. I suspect there is a heel spur that needs to be removed, and that will put me out of running for months.
|Cockrone Lagoon from the Copa side|