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Former 50 Something marathon Runner With OA in Feet - Still Running 5k's

Hey folks

newbie here. I was diagnosed 18 months ago with OA in my TMT joints on both feet (bummer eh!). Got into Marathoning in my 40s and I guess might have overdone it (13 in total by 2018).

Doesn't seem to be too much about arthritis in the feet. Mostly medical documents rather than perspectives from other active people.

I guess I'm looking for hope that 1 to 2 x 5k trail runs a week is kinda OK and the damage (if any might not be that bad).

Is it worth the downsides?


Discuss 😥

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  • BrynmorBrynmor Posts: 715 admin

    Hi @Jimberoonie welcome to the Online Community, great to have you here.

    I'm impressed you still running 5k trail runs each week with osteoarthritis in your feet. You do need to be aware that osteoarthritis doesn’t just affect the cartilage, but can also cause damage to the bones, ligaments, tendons and lining of affected joints.

    We have a great page of information on our web site regarding osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle, including management of the condition, how it will affect you and also some more gentle sorts of exercises that can help.



    Do join in across the Community, ask questions and give support. It's a great place for a chat or just to call in to let people know how you are getting on.

    All best wishes

    Brynmor


  • Thanks so much for commenting.. Will read up.


    Am I taking too much fo a risk? Wearing super cushioned shoes (Hoka Speed Goat) and everything feels good. Running on roads does leave me with the aches however so soft trails seem (at the moment) to make sense.

  • Oh - I do also wear professional orthotics.

  • BrynmorBrynmor Posts: 715 admin
    edited 19. Nov 2020, 23:19

    Hi.

    The best person to give such advice would be your doctor / rheumatologist, or if you have been referred to a podiatrist.

    The risk is yours, based on having a good understanding of the facts and what might be the outcomes, both good or bad. None of us here are medically qualified, so won't be able to advise you in that respect, although you may get another runner who is here to pass on their own personal experience.

    🙂


    Edit - in fact, do return to let us know what you decide and the advice you have found so that others can also know more about this!


  • frogmortonfrogmorton Posts: 25,775 ✭✭✭

    Wow! I would also like to know what a professional advises you @Jimberoonie

    Most of us have slowed down to walking since our arthritis diagnoses so very interesting to read.

    A couple of friends of mine who are a good bit older changed to cycling when their feet (in one case hip I think) prevented them from running. They still got the 'high' and health benefits without the trauma on their bones.

    Love

    Toni xxx
  • Hey Frogmorton!

    I know it's an unusual situation. I was a big runner at school but did not enjoy it and found it again when iw as 40 and went for it - qualifying for Boston. Then got plantar fasciitis, then dropped metatarsal and then Osteoarthritis killed it for me... I guess the signs were there. But that was 30 miles+ per week for 8 years.

    So I cycle a lot and walk and elliptical but nothing hives me a buzz like running so I want to do it sensibly and listen to my body.

  • By the way - what a lovely group :)

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