I got peroneal tendonitis as a result of overtraining and not listening to my body! After a 5k race, I was limping before I started, I left myself almost unable to weight bear. It's been a slow recovery but 4 weeks on, I can now walk without any pain, do equal numbers of toe raises on both sides and feel significantly better. I have been icing, resting, massaging with a foam roller and stretching a lot. Prior to injury I had run 20 miles a week for around 7 weeks always in barefoot running shoes.
One week ago, I tried running in my barefoot shoes but managed only 5 strides before I could feel my tendon so I stopped. A running friend suggested I try in traditional shoes. On Monday I ran for 10 mins very slowly in normal shoes and couldn't feel my tendon at all. The next day I ran for 12 mins very slowly but could just feel my tendon. I wouldn't describe it as painful but more of a slightly stiff feeling. I didn't run yesterday and my tendon felt stiff in the morning but normal by lunchtime. I'm very unsure about how to proceed. Is it still too early to be running? Or is it normal for it to feel a bit stiff post run after having not run for a month. My initial plan was to keep increasing my runs by 2 minutes a time.
I would really appreciate any advice anyone is able to give me. I've never had problems with my peroneal tendon before so I'm a bit in the dark. I would like to get back to my barefoot running shoes at some point too. I guess at the moment my foot requires greater support.
Post by chastennis on Jul 20, 2017 11:51:04 GMT -6
I have no medical training.
Stop stressing your injury. See a Dr for a firm diagnosis and treatment.
FYI - Research tendon injury healing times after a new injury and stress free. I believe that they are much longer times than many people think. ( I am recovering from rotator cuff surgery now, tendon reattachment to the bone, doing physical therapy to avoid stress on the new tendon attachment. Recovery is 9 months, mostly to allow the new tendon scar to build strength.)
Study tendinitis (with inflammation) and tendinosis. My understanding is that tendinosis is completed, healed tendon often with defective, weakened structure. A very short time after a new injury, tendinitis can become tendinosis. But the injury is very complex especially if stressed and healing is prevented. These issues require a well qualified Dr.
This thread has posts on Tendinitis and Tendinosis based on published papers. See especially posts #1 and 15.
I've stopped running again. I will swim for a while so it has time to heal properly, whilst also building up strength in those tendons.
I hope your injury recovers ok.
I am also surprised by the time it takes for tendons to heal, I guess that's what happens when there isn't much blood flow and they are tough, fibrous bits. I am making sure that I do all the required exercise to try and ensure correct healing, rather than shortened, weakened, scar tissue laden tendons.