Does your tibialis muscle hurt when running/walking?
No never - strictly downhill walking, yes it helps to use the plates under my heels, I struggle with front squats and would find them very very difficult without heel support.
@Stephen - Yea I'm such a lazy git with those, I should get myself into gear with them and at least give them a try
And yea Stu I do tend to do third world squats when it pops into my head, that does seem to help stretch out but as I say... it's been a long time, and regular squats are common place in my routines, especially in novice days, but there's barely any improvement aside from a little more pain endurance (seems to be a trained thing, correct me if I'm wrong, certainley seems true in my cycling for quads).
Will have a play around with those Rscott, I guess no excessive extending of the hams
It's not exactly a massive factor in my training life, but now that I am hitting my strength goals I am exploring different targets for this year (touch of bodybuilding/fat loss, cardio/cycling endurance, martial arts/thai boxing) and just thought I'd add improving flexibility in there too