1.24.2006

Runner Facing Serious Problem


Yesterday, in the middle of the day, I got up from my desk chair to walk and felt a pain on the sole of my left foot. It is localized in the meaty middle part of my foot just below my toes. Every step was painful in a sore way. The location and nature of the pain is not totally foreign so I figured it would go away overnight. This morning it is still very tender and causes a a sharp pain when I try to run. I cancelled my 4x400m workout and am debating next steps.

I think I'll try and get an emergency consult from Sherlene, the massage therapist.

This may not be a good thing.

15 comments:

Susan said...

Oh no. This is not good. I'm sending Richard your way.

Lara said...

Hope it's no big thing! Maybe Sherlene will work some magic.

Richard Maas LMT, MTI said...

david
susan asked me to offer my opinion on the thing going on with your foot. realizing that opinions are like noses, here goes.
i think the consult with the massage therapist is a good idea. have you used her in the past for treating injury type situations? does she do sports massage and work on athletes?
the first thing i thought of when i read your post was planterfasitis (close on the spelling). rolling a small ball(golfball, racquet ball etc, but not a tennis ball, its too big) or a 16oz. water bottle that's frozen over the sore spot several times a day will help if plantarfasitis is whats going on. muscles on the lower leg could refer pain to the sole of your foot. when sherlene checks it out, she, and you, will find out if those lower leg muscles are refering pain into the foot. lets all pray for sherlene's magic touch.
good luck buddy.

Sarah said...

Ughh...I hope you resolve it! Plantar fasciitis?? Sending good thoughts that it's nothing serious!!

jeanne said...

oh man, sending good thoughts. why oh why do these things always seem to happen RIGHT before the big day?? Maybe it's nothing serious.

Oldman said...

d- this doesn't sound good. try the ball thingie that massoman recommended. if you get no relief go see an orthopod

21st Century Mom said...

The ball thingie is good;the massage appointment is good; an appointment with a podiatrist is also a good idea.

I don't think you have plantar fasciitis as it generally causes heel pain but if you do there are ways to tape up your foot before you run that will help.

Let us know what you find out!

Ben, aka BadBen said...

It sounds like a neuroma or a schwanoma issue. A podiatrist can usually figure out what it is. Avoid letting them inject cortisone, if you can. It's just a temporary fix, and it will eliminate the fatty tissues that you need in your foot for shock absorption. (Personal experience).

Good Luck,
Bad Ben

Rae said...

Oh dear! I've had some similar issues throughout training. If I wear really comfortable shoes (nothing cute of course) and stay off my feet it generally improves quickly. I've also found some stretching of the feet (plank pose, down dog) via yoga has helped a lot. I just stretch towards the point of very light pain and then stop. It really seems to stretch the toes and that upper arch area of my foot.

Scooter said...

Your description of the problem made me think neuroma. I think Bad Ben gets the "first right diagnosis" award this go 'round. You may want to check Mike Salkowski's blog, as he's a sufferer and he refers to it pretty regularly, you'll find it here: http://championseverywhere.blogspot.com/

D said...

IF you find out what the ailment is, let me know. That is the exact spot that I have linger (minor Thank God) aches from an injury that lasted almost 3 months. The orthopod kept insisting Neuroma (I see scooter and BAD BEN mentioned this) but it never showed up on an MRI. I hope for you it is nothing.

RunderWoman said...

If it's neuroma you can cut a hole into the insole of your shoe so it doesn't press on it.

Keeping fingers crossed!

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Oh no...hope all turns out okay.

jeff said...

hoping it's all phantom pains. don't be surprised if it's nothing...there are ALWAYS those wacky things during the taper. relax and rest up!

David said...

I've flirted with plantar fascia problems; kept it at bay, I think, with gentle stretching, e.g. just squating like a baseball catcher and bouncing, gently. Good luck.