Thanks. I've got little 'sleeves' for each of my feet now. They are kind of like toe-less socks that have an extra pad sewn into the proper place. They are not nearly as bulky as the pad that I had to tape to my food and the little sock keeps it in place.
Got it at Walgreen's, set of two, for around $10. They aren't as noticeable, but they are helping with the pain by keeping the ball of my feet from hitting too hard. I can actually see being able to run with these on and preventing a lot of future injuries.
Yeah, I've had this too. I was worried I had a stress fracture (because I'd had one before in my metatarsal and it felt similar, but the pain didn't get quite as severe with the metatarsalgia as with the fracture). The main thing that helped me was taking ibuprofen for a few days and taking about a week off running.
You could also try orthotics if it becomes a chronic problem -- they can make custom ones to try to unload some weight from the metatarsal heads (unfortunately are expensive)
Last night I tripped and later I started having spiked pain moving up through the ball of my foot. I was able replicate it and it was in a specific place always. So I went to the doc today. It seems that people that either wear high heels or are high impact athletes (runners) are prone to this. It is considered a chronic condition so I'm going to be more careful.
In the meantime I'm also training for a tri so I'll focus on the swimming this week, then move up to cycling next week, and hopefully by that I'll at least be able to slowly get back to walking/jogging.
So, does anyone else have this issue? If yes, how do you deal with it? Got any tips and tricks on how to prevent or treat?
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