If you are really set on your spring marathon and your AT is still causing issues, here is what you might consider.
1) Get cruches. I know it sounds extreem, but if your AT is hurting while walking, then you need to get the weight off the leg.
2) Take the bag of peas routine to the extreem as well. Ice for 20 minutes as often as you can. If you can keep the leg elevated while icing, good.
3) Start self massaging the area. With some baby oil, do some cross fiber massage, as well as long, sweeping strokes up into the soleus and gastrochnemious. This will help break up the adhesions within the tendon.
4) Look at your shoes. How long have you been wearing them and about how many miles do you have on them? I find that I can only get about 300-350 miles on my shoes. That meas replacing shoes about every eight weeks, but if I don't things start hurting.
5) Taking antiinflamitory drugs like advil and asprin have also been shown to help. The NSAIDs group is designed for this, but that is your call. I am not adovcating the use of painkillers as a cure for AT. Also, do not use painkillers to dull the pain from the injury. The pain is there for a reason. And, if you go to a doctor, do not get a cortison shot. Cortison has been proven to do more harm then good in the long run.
THose three things should help control the pain and reduce the inflamation so it can start healing. THe AT has a very poor blood supply, so injuries can take a long time to heal. Patience is the best thing, so don't rush into any hard training until the pain has been gone for several weeks.
If nothing seems to help, you may want to go to a sports med. doc or a PT. They'll be able to give you more detailed information about AT.
One last thing that you might want to consider trying is cutting the heel tabs off of your running shoes. That's what I do to keep my AT from getting inflammed.
Goodd luck and happy healing. If you want some more info, e-mail me. RNR girl
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