pain on the bottom outside of both feet.
(Jamison, PA, USA)
I am a hockey player and about a half hour into playing, I experience pain on the bottom outside of both feet, between my heel and pinky toe. It got so bad at one point that I was unable to walk or put weight on my feet. I actually missed work for 2 weeks. This problem only occurs when playing hockey. I experience no pain while doing any other activity. I am on my third pair of skates since experiencing this problem and this time I even purchased wide skates. Please help with this so I do not have to quit hockey forever.
This problem appears to be fairly common in hockey players. The problem is two fold. One most skates are too narrow and they put a lot of pressure on what is known as the fifth metatarsal base which is where the foot flares out on the outside. (I assume this is where your foot is hurting). Secondly, the nature of skating is such that most people put a tremendous amount of pressure on the outside of the foot.
So, what is happening is you are basically jamming the outside of your foot into the skate. To further make it worse, you are now playing a hard contact sport which exacerbates the problem even more.
I do not think I can give you any concrete advice without actually looking at your foot structure and your skates.
You would be well served to see a local podiatrist who may be able to add some padding to the skate where the foot is jamming into the skate in an effort to cushion the area.
I do not know if you have custom skates or not, but if nothing can be done with your present skates then you may have to consider custom skates as another option.
You will also have to have your doctor assess the type of damage you have already done to your feet to see if it will require treatment.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER