My Achilles tendon now goes hours, sometimes days, without talking to me. After a long run, it'll shout out to me for an hour or two after I get home, but gone are the days of limping down stairs--or ignoring the doorbell completely because it wasn't worth the hobble from my 2nd-floor office to the front door. There are a few factors relieving the swelling, tightness, and soreness, including the Graston Technique treatments from a P.T. friend; post-run ice baths; and a few simple stretching and strengthening exercises the P.T. recommended.
And then there's a less-traditional "treatment"--I wear clogs more often. As a freelance writer, I could live in PJs and slippers. But, hey, I grew up in Connecticut so it doesn't feel right to me to not be dressed at least somewhat appropriately for work--even if the UPS delivery person is the only person who sees me during the workday. But until a few months ago, wool slippers were my work-footwear. Then I read having an elevated heel can help ease problems in the Achilles tendon. Obviously heels would be an impractical, overly fancy solution (I mean, I'm a work-at-home mom...in Oregon. 'Nuf said.) I got to thinking about all the super-cute clogs I'd see at a trade show I attend twice a year. They seemed ideal--the same roomy forefoot afforded by my trusty slippers, the ease of slip-ons like aforementioned slippers, yet with a raised platform. So I got me some Dansko clogs, and I've been tromping around in style--and comfort--ever since.
Turns out I'm not the only one: Fellow RLAMer Jane Andersen, a podiatrist in Chapel Hill, N.C., is a clog-wearer. She likes the amount of support Dansko clogs offer, saying she often recommends, "them for plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis (because it raises up the heel) and even arthritis in the great toe joint. "
If you want to treat your feet--and maybe an ache or pain--to the comfort of some Dansko clogs, you're in luck: We're giving away a pair of Volley clogs, part of Dansko's new sporty Sanibel line. These cute kicks scream out to be paired with a pair of capris or a skirt post-run--and all summer long.
For a chance to win, just tell us how you pamper your feet. Do you have the number for the nearest pedicure place programmed into your phone (I own up to that...)? More a fan of at-home foot soaks or scented lotions? Have your kids (or hubby) give you foot massages? Or ignore them except for an occasional scraping with a pumice stone?
Get clogged: How do you treat your feet as thanks for all the hard work they do?
P.S. The winner of our great RLAMiversary giveaway--the Mountain Buggy Terrain stroller--is Ashley H! She writes:
My 2 y/o son isn’t a BAD running partner, just a heavy one that slows me down. My favorite partner is my best friend, Lauren. She started running after her second baby to lose weight, and now, Saturday nights are our “date nights” … At the gym!
Thinking, Ashley, that the sweet new wheels will make your son feel like he's a feather! Congrats! E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com to claim your new stroller.