I’ve been having some nagging pain in my right heel for several weeks. It started with the bad shoes and just wouldn’t go away…except when I ran…which was weird, right?
It would hurt for the first mile and then — voila! — the pain in my heel was gone and I’d finish the rest of my run without so much as a twinge.
But..when I wasn’t running..oh..the pain. It became painful to wear certain shoes. My heel was painful to the touch — the pain centered in the back and sides of the heel bone leading me to start wondering if it was a stress fracture.
My running friend thought it had more to do with ligaments or tendons.
When I saw chiropractor (and ultra-marathoner/running guru) Dan Young on Tuesday I mentioned the heel pain.
He grabbed hold of my right calf…dug his thumbs deep into the muscle and hit pay dirt. I nearly jumped off the table.
“aaahhh…uuhhhhhuuuh….” he said in his trademark lilting…I-found-the-problem voice.
Knots. Several knots, actually, causing the ligaments and muscles in my leg to contract and pull tight. This caused the connections to my heel to be taut and strained …which, in turn, caused the heel pain.
The solution? Rubbing those knots out with my fingers, “the stick,” my knuckles…whatever I can use to break up the party in my right calf.
An article I found calls this “releasing the trigger points” and has some interesting information that would be useful to all runners — knotted up or not. Check it out here.
OH….and the reason it didn’t hurt once I got moving? Because once I warmed up…the muscles, tendons and ligaments relaxed and stretched out.