pain in my foot
I went for a run last weekend and ran 15 miles which i dont usually run when i finished i was aching whitch was to be expected but the next day i had a pain on top of my foot it felt like a bruise but no bruise appeared and from what i could tell no swelling it was ok to walk on it only hurt when i put excessive pressure (walking up stairs, running) so i thought i would rest it for a while i rested for a week and there was no pain there so i went for a run again last nite i only ran 4 miles and for 3 miles i was fine but towards the end on the 3rd and all of the 4th my foot really began to hurt i only planned on doing 4 miles so i finished my run in a hobble i went home and had someone look at it and they said they could see slight swelling on the top of my foot around the area of the pain i could not really see a difference today i woke up there is slight yellow bruise i walk work every day easily but today i struugled threw pain i can feel the pain when i bend my toes up it also feels really tight today i am supposed to run 6 miles for sport relief on sunday. RESPONSE
Your pain could be from a number of different reasons. A few things come to mind.
First, it may be nothing more than a tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendons on the top of your foot. This will happen from the tendons being overworked, either from running
a longer distance than normal, or running on an uneven terrain, or perhaps even your running shoes being worn out. The fact that with rest the pain resolved itself only to return when you ran again, would suggest this as my primary thought.
The area sometimes may be swollen and slightly red, other times there may be no real difference in appearance.
My next thought would be that of a stress fracture which is a fracture that occurs from simply running, (even can occur from walking). The reason I think this is a more remote possibility is because the foot would have continued hurting regardless of whether you were running or resting.
Another even more remote possibility would be that of a midtarsal fault. This is the result of the foot over flattening and thus creating a crunching effect at the two bones that make up the height of the arch. You can read my section on midtarsal fault.
This too, would probably hurt while running and then subside with rest, only to return once you ran a long distance.
That is the best I can do without having the luxury of examining you. If you find that the symptoms return every time you go out for a run, but are generally fine when not running then you need to assess the terrain you are running on, the condition of your running shoes and your biomechanical make up. This would best be done by a foot specialist with a sports medicine background.
If you do not remedy the situation, you are going to be hard pressed to compete in races as this problem will affect your training and your actual participation in races.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER