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1/29/13 9:21 P

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I've always run on the balls of my feet but one day I bought new shoes and found it better to run heel-to-toe. The pressure on my heel made me take the shoes back. The pain, for me, was like a bruise when I pushed on it hard but when I walked on my heel it would radiate pain. It went away in 4-5 days. Maybe it's a similar answer for you; try different shoes. If that doesn't help, look at how you're landing when you run. The most "natural" way to run is by landing lightly on the ball of your foot and using that as a spring.

"Watch an adult who has grown up without shoes run barefoot. He or she will make initial contact on the ground with the forefoot/midfoot, not the heel. Even when an adult who is accustomed to running heel-to-toe in conventional running shoes runs barefoot on a hard surface, they usually switch to forefoot/midfoot striking immediately. Running heel first is just not an efficient way to absorb shock or store elastic energy. Your body’s ideal initial contact with the ground is actually slightly toward the outside edge of your foot, just behind your fourth and fifth metatarsals. The foot then naturally rolls slightly inward along the transverse arch as the heel descends to touch the ground under the control of the medial and lateral arches of the foot (plantar fascia) and the posterior muscles of the lower leg (gastrocnemius, soleus, and Achilles tendon)." -naturalrunningcenter.com

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1/28/13 4:23 P

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I have heel pain when i walk too much but I have found out that it is Plantar Fasciitis. I was recommended to get custom orthothics, which I did, but they didnt make a difference. There are some stretching exercises you can do for it and there is also a spark people group for it if you are interested. Hopefully though it was just a random pain and not this condition. I hope this helps and good luck!

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1/25/13 7:39 A

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I haven't, but I've only finished week 1 day 2. My first thought would be support relating to footwear maybe, but I'm not really sure. I tend to get foot cramping if I'm not wearing sneakers when I jog, but that is different.

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1/13/13 1:19 P

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I just did my week 1 day 3 day before yesterday and because temps have been as low as -4 here, I have been using a treadmill. Well by yesterday my right heel hurt so bad that I can't put my body weight on it at all and it is not any better today. I will go to the dr. to have it looked at but am wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them?

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