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pain on top of foot

Postby MikayP » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:39 pm

for the past two weeks ive had this pain on the top of my foot after running a few miles. im bad at explaining where but its at the top where the top of the foot starts to connect to the bottom of my leg.

ive tried taking a few days off running, while still biking/swiming, but still is lingering. it doesnt make me limp, but does make me run less due to the fact of me worrying about injuring myself fully.

at night whenever i pull my foot/toes up towards me i feel this weird feeling start to go up the front of my leg. kinda like i can feel the bones rubbing against eachother.

once again i really blow at explaining it fully, but hope that somehow makes sense. this sounds kinda like a stress fracture or something else? may have started when i started barefoot running, probably started too hard too fast with that
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Postby runrevolt » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:43 am

I don't want to pretend I know what it is, but I know that when I have shin splints or just really exert myself and I pull my toes up towards my shin, that same tight/sore feeling surges through my leg as well. That, I believe, is merely the muscle running up the anterior of your shin. That movement though, pulling your toes up repeatedly, is a way to strengthen that area if you do it enough. On the other hand, I've never felt a pain that in that specific spot you mention. I could see why going barefoot (a drastic change in foot support) straight off might simply be causing a new discomfort as support or the way you land stresses areas that have not been stressed before. It may be a matter of just getting used to the new movement, or you may need to take a rest for a little bit, or go back to your old routine and see if the problem resolves itself. Whatever is going on, I hope it's not a stress fracture!!!
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Postby runner » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:29 pm

I have had a little problem on top of my foot. for me I think it's irritation of the vain because of some shoes.

would visit a physiotherapist if I where you. one specialized in sports injury's.

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Postby skoptic » Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:45 pm

I think it might be anterior compartment syndrome... I had it once, and quite weirdly it came on again again during a 10 miler yesterday! Maybe it's that time of year.

Have a look at some diagnoses sites for that and see if it fits the bill....
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Postby veganlisa » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:49 pm

I agree with runrevolt that this new pain may be related to new areas in your feet being stressed from barefoot running. Doe the pain get better after taking a few days off? I had pain like you described when I first started running last fall. I was concerned that I had a stress fracture (pain was so severe that I was limping for a week), but it turned out to be ligament, muscle or tendon sprain/strain. I went through little nagging injuries like this off on on for a couple of months until the various soft tissues in my feet and legs got used to running again. I would stop running until the pain resolves, and then try an easy run to see how things feel. Of course if the pain doesn't improve with rest, you should probably get it checked out.
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Postby MikayP » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:48 am

I guess I'll just take a week off of running. Man this is going to be tough! At least it's not during the triathlon season I guess...
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Postby crapiecorn » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:49 pm

Does it hurt when you jump (land on the ball of your foot) ?
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Postby MikayP » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:12 pm

[quote="crapiecorn"]Does it hurt when you jump (land on the ball of your foot) ?


na. usually just either when i rotate my foot up, or when im pushing my foot when im running (like when im at the end of my stride and pushing with the tips of my toes)
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Postby runrevolt » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:43 pm

MikayP, as another example, a training friend of mine has had problems with the top of his foot as well and after visiting a reputable podiatrist, he was told that he might have bone spurs (excess calcium deposits) around his cuboids (small cluster of fragile bones on the foot). He is going to get an MRI to make sure that it isn't a stress fracture, but the doctor thinks all he will need is a cortisone shot with two days rest and he should be ready to go. The doc also said that if he has been able to run pretty consistently and with hard effort, that more than likely it is not a stress fracture. Just some things to consider!
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Postby MikayP » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:58 am

well i took 8 days off running. 8... miserable.... days! i then jogged to/from the pool (1 mile to/from) and it definitely didnt feel 100%. still felt some pain. going to take another week off and see how it goes...this sucks :(

i would like to go in and get it checked out, but dont want to spend the money if all im going to be told it go rest it for a few weeks - which i heard what i was going to get told if i had a stress fracture or tendinitis

it doesnt hurt when i press on any point, but only when theres movement. trying to intake more anti-inflammatory foods to try to help it. kinda sounds like a stress fracture, but i think it should be hurting more...

really hope this time off makes a big hurt on my speed, i mean im still working out 6 days a week (lifting, swiming, biking) so im not just sitting, but hate just slacking on the running. just hope i can get my speed back within a month or two. never took time off more than a week off running since i started 2 years ago
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Postby Enhydra Lutris » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:25 pm

I often get serious pains on the top of my foot when I start using a new pair of shoes or a pair that I haven't worn in a long time (e.g. when getting out the winter boots in the autumn, or sneakers in spring). Often it hurts so much I can't walk on it, but after about two days it goes away. I think it's some sort of cramp in response to a completely different movement pattern.
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