Sorry to hear about your heel(s). Could you post a photo on here pointing to exactly where you are feeling the pain? Is it directly on the Achilles or more on the back if the heel?
Hi Eric! Here's a (slightly gross) photo of the heel pain. It's directly on the back lower heel and then moves around the sides of the back of my foot. The pain isn't really in the achilles itself as much, if I press on it it's pretty tender but the foot is far worse - you can see it's kind of swollen on the back like a big bubble, my heel normally doesn't look like that. The other heel is tender but not remotely painful like that (although it used to be, it originally had the exact same problem). I was wearing different shoes when each foot flared up - Nike Flex runners for the left (first) foot and then older Nike Free's for the right heel.
I'm still running albeit a bit painfully but I can't do it without heel cushioning (trying to also stop heel striking but for some reason that seems more painful).
Thanks so much for your input! I ordered your kit online and am looking forward to starting the strengthening exercises as well!
Ok, this directly correlates your your calf. If you can, sit in the chair and with both hands reach down and massage:
Do this to trouble shot tender spots and for several days and see if this helps the heel.
There is a lot to this, so I may also need to do a video, but let me know what you experience. This is going to take some effort and focus for a while, but we can get it.
ALSO, when running make sure you are not keeping your heel elevated and off the ground, strike forefoot and then let the heel touch the ground. If you are keeping heel from landing, you could be putting too much stress on heel.
Hi Keeley and Eric,
I've managed to do something similar-- argh!
I enjoy and learn a lot from your videos, Eric, and would certainly appreciate one on this sort of injury, if you're keen. I'll get to work on the self-massage and stretches that you outlined for Keeley.