The sock conundrum January 22 2015, 0 Comments
Despite a gradual improvement in fitness from running, by the end of last year I was having a nagging recurrence of slight inflammation in my Achilles tendons - not enough to stop running, but enough to make them uncomfortable for a couple of days. I run with a group, and we stand around and socialise after the run, and I felt that the cold around my ankles aggravated the inflammation.
A two-week break at Christmas gave them time to recover, and I took a couple of other measures. To quiet down my immune system and inflammatory response, I changed my diet to increase my intake of antioxidants and omega-3 oils with more fruit, vegetables and fish. This was less an issue when I wore Heroes, because they reach higher up the ankles, but more so when I wore Apexes as there was a gap between them and my running pants.
I browsed toe-socks to address this, but then Claudia pointed out that we had a solution in our own inventory in the form of the HG ankle supports, and this proved to be very successful. They are elasticated, offering some support, and more importantly in this case, keeping the ankles and tendons warm. They work really well with the ZEMgear shoes, as they are effectively toeless socks.
It worked. The achilles tendons are now quiet, and I am running freely and enjoyably through the winter chill.