How do I cure outer foot sole pain?

Podiatrist Colin Papworth says: “It sounds as if it’s your cuboid bone causing the problem. If it isn’t sitting right it causes problems with other foot muscles and lower leg. It happens commonly after an ankle sprain and can appear months or years later. Treatment will probably consist of a podiatrist mobilising the cuboid and talus bones in your foot, and soft tissue massage and stretching. You must definitely try not to go over on your ankle again while cuboid syndrome is healing – Kinesio taping seems to help.”

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How can I avoid slowing in ultras?

It can be demoralising as towards the end of a race those tired legs just refuse to keep up with the gang. Here are the pros' top tips:

  • Javed Bhatti discovered mid-ultra fartlek sessions: “Challenge a fellow competitor to 2min at a 5k pace – your muscles and mind will soon be reinvigorated,” he suggests. 
  • “Make sure you’ve got your pre and during nutrition nailed,” says Jayson Cavill, “and eat little and often.”
  • “Stick to your race plan,” is Debbie Martin-Constani’s advice, “and don’t get pulled along too fast at the start.”

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Do I eat too many pies and chips to be a distance runner?

We all have a guilty pleasure… pies, pints, cake (mmm, cake)… but are the good things in life not so good for your running? Our panel of experts give us some food for thought.

  •  Get natural You don’t have to be a saint but try and maintain a normal, balanced diet – think real unprocessed food, not fads. Debbie Martin-Constani
  • Moderation Everything in moderation is a pretty good principle. I often stop for a proper pub meal halfway through on long training runs. Javed Bhatti
  •  Balance I’ve found you get out what you put in and taking care of your body with a balanced diet may give you much better results. Jayson Cavill 
  •  Fuel Up Fuel in the tank is the key to ultra-running so you need to make sure you have sufficient fuel for your runs.  There’s nothing wrong with pie and chips, provided it’s not every night. Jayson Cavill 

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