After months of intermittent upper foot/lower shin pain on one side, I finally got round to visiting a physio yesterday. He made me run outside, then again on the treadmill, checked my hip flexibility and the tightness in my calves and hamstrings, and got me to try some stretching and strengthening exercises for my lower body, mainly calves. The verdict was that my running posture is causing the tendons in my foot to rub against the band of whatever-it-is that goes across the ankle, causing the burning pain. To fix it, I need to stretch and improve flexibility in my hips, and stretch and strengthen calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes. I also need to work on swinging both arms evenly when running, so as not to twist my torso, as well as lengthening my stride and working on keeping my feet in line (turns out that my left foot, the sore one, sticks out slightly when I run. Sigh).
The plan is to work through the exercises this evening and follow it with a session with the foam roller, then tomorrow evening I’ll try a tentative 4-5 miler on the treadmill. Fingers are SO crossed right now.
I’m thinking pilates might be a good move!