> >After I ran long distance ,I will get this pain in the
> >heel.After a few days ,it will disappear.But it will come
> >back whenever i run long distances.Can anyone tell me what
> >is that??
> I get a pain the the heel as well. I was told, and I
> believe, that it is my shoes and that they are already worn
> To ease the pain, I did resole the shoes with Spenco inserts
> (they're green, about $20) plus I put in some gel heel
> inserts. I don't remember the brand name on the inserts.
> Off for my "long run!" today is only 8 miles. My long run
> so far is 11 miles, but I'm following Hal Higdon's plan for
> marathon training for the Chicago Keep running! GK
If the pain is in front of the heel, it could be plantar fascitis. If
it's in the back of the heel, I'd lay odds on Achilles Tendonitis, which
is secondary to what might be the real problem: tight calf muscles.
Here's a post that addresses the tight calf as cause for heel pain:
>Tendons for all intent and purposes are not suppose to stretch. The
muscles above the Achilles tendon, soleus and gastrocs are suppose to do
what muscles do: Contract and relax. Your calf muscles are contracting but
only partially relaxing. When a knot in the calf occurs it tightens up to
protect itself and won't let go when you stretch it. If you continue to
stretch, you stretch the good muscle fiber on either side of the knot. It,
over time, gets over stretched and joins the knot. The end result is that
you end up saying, stretching doesn't work. It would if only you could
stretch the knot.
>First work out the knot in the calf. Sit down. To find it, put your belly
of the calf muscle over the knee of the other leg. Move the knee back and
forth in the belly of the calf and you should find the knot. Remember when
a muscle is sore and contracts, in the contracted state it doesn't let you
know it's sore, until you start to feel around.
>Put your calf muscle over your knee, a railing, the back of a chair.
Remember it's the back of the calf muscle. You put the belly of the muscle
over the back of the chair, or railing or knee. Slowly (lovingly) rotate
it back and forth, that is side to side about a inch. Slowly move(slide)
the leg up or down the back of the chair, etc. so that you "lovingly
massage side to side the entire belly of the calf.
>Remember it you go too deep, too fast, too hard, you will only get the
muscle to tighten up even more---getting the opposite of what you want.
>But remember your body is a system, so you may take the pressure off the
Achilles, but the calf may be due to an overly tight shin muscle which
only partially relaxes when the calf muscles are contracting, causing the
calf problem. And the shin may be cause by the quad or ham from the other
leg being tight so that you get more impact on the leg with the calf
problem caused by the shin problem caused by..... And the reality may be
due to the way you sit at your desk all day in poor posture which
>Anyway, see if you can massage out the calf to relieve the Achilles. Then
you can slowly start to think about the form and style of running.
>Let me know how it goes with the calf. Remember, what I'm sharing is
folklore. That is, if it works use it. If it doesn't, don't give it any
energy, Just chuck it out and look for something that makes more sense and
>Remember "DO NO HARM"
In health and on the run,
Director, San Diego Marathon Clinic, est. 1975