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Last night I strained my achilles at the very end of my last training run before a 15 mile race scheduled for tomorrow.
Immediately and throughout the night, I iced and elevated the sore tendon. This morning it still was sore but as the afternoon has progressed it is feeling better. However, the pain comes and goes . One moment I am walking footloos and fancy free and the next moment I am in pain and limping like Verbal Kent from the Usual Suspects (before the big reveal that he is, in fact, Kiser Sosa).
My questions are three fold:
(1) How do I know if it is torn (or partially torn) rather than merely strained?
(2) Can I recover in time to run 15 miles tomorrow morning? If so, what do I need to do?
(3) Could I damage the tendon more if I run on a strained tendon?
Any thoughts and advise would be greatly appreciated.
If you pulled it I would say to stay off of it and let this race go by without being there. You could cause more damage by running and putting you out of commision for even longer. Make an appointment with a good PT that understands running so you can get the issue solved for good
Agreed. Sounds like the race is a bad idea. You would probably know if it were completely torn because it has this annoying tendency to "roll up" the back of your leg, and requires surgery to repair. The difference between a sprain and a partial tear, I imagine, is mostly a matter of pain level and recovery time. Either way there is a risk of more serious injury if not treated properly. In my mind, you just don't mess around with an achilles injury.