Originally Posted by handcycle2005
The cushioning material in running shoes hardens with age, no more than 2-3 years old at the most.
Ice massage is better. Freeze water in styrofoam cups and rub the tendons with that. 15-20 min. at a time Icy hot is really not long lasting enough and you don't want heat on inflamed tendons.
. Do these very gently, you're not looking for flexability right now, just a little extra circulation to the tendon area.
Lean into a wall, one leg farther back and straight. You should feel the stretch in the calf. Slowly bend the knee and the stretch will move to the Achilles. Repeat with other leg.
Sounds like I need a new pair of shoes!
Thanks for the advice on the tendons! I'll follow it and stay away from running until I'm fully healed (no pun intended).