Thanks for your welcome and reply. Sound advice re stretching and something I've already started. Quick question though, sorry if this sounds daft, but how do I strengthen below my knee?
And for everyone, do you have a favorite cardio machine you use? Why?
Thanks again for all your advice
Stand on a stair or a brick or a piece of wood ~2" thick with just your toes and lift yourself up and down slowly for as many times as you can. The rest of your foot hangs off the perch. Basically press up/push ups but with your toes.
Kind of like this http://orthopedics.about.com/od/spra...fstretch_2.htm
Except not so high up and use both feet together. In a pinch just go up on tippy toes but the slight elevation from a board really ups the ante!