In Canada, chiropractors deal with feet as well. Mine made me a pair of great orthotics that have helped with my foot pain. We had a podiatrist come in to our running group & talk about various foot injuries & what you can run on & what you can't.
Thank you for the geo-regional clarification. Here they treat only spinal issues. A little more appreciation of global differences when someone is ignorant of how The Mighty USA does it would be appreciated.
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Chiros, at least here in the States deal with many more issues than just a back complaints...even the top running elites use them as well as many university T&F programs...the kinetic chain is not a single location--in other words the stability of the hips, or lack thereof, can interfere with the instability of the foot. And while I appreciate your input, it is not an odd suggestion---read Jay Dicharry's book titled Anatomy for Runners.
BTW, I train with a couple of the country's most elite running coaches in the States--and even they recommend sports chiros.
You definitely need to see a professional. I'd suggest a physio or podiatrist rather than a back expert (chiro). That seems an odd suggestion. Someone who focuses on feet will have a better output for you.
It might derail your half, but then, not doing anything about it is more likely to derail it. Sometimes you just have to accept 'life'. I had an injury in November. It's cancelled my plans to do a full in June. I had 3 months left when it was starting to get up to 90% healed to get from 5k to marathon distance. Not enough, considering I was still increasing slowly due to the injury. It's tough to walk away, but it's not worth doing yourself a permanent injury over. There are other races.
Coach Nancy is quite right - take some time off, rest your foot and give it a chance to heal. In the meantime, a visit to a sports chiro is certainly a good idea.
I have an old niggling foot injury that flares up every now and then when I over do things and don't take enough rest days.
I learnt the hard way in that I foolishly tried to ignore the pain and continued to run through it,not just when it happened but also in the following days.
The most recent time this happened was October last year, and I even went to the extreme of strapping my foot and also wearing two support bandages, just so I could continue running - but of course that was totally the wrong thing to do.
As a consequence, I was agony just trying to walk and get about on a day to day basis for over two weeks, and I made a pact with myself that I would not try and work through the pain ever again.
I am training for my first race this coming June and the last thing I want is to have to drop out through injury.
And again, as Nancy said, please don't try and change your running style in order to run through the pain as this just sets you up for further problems down the line.
Good luck in your recovery - remember, you only have one body so make sure you nurture it and it will thank you for it in the long run!
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Injuries and pain issues are so tough for any of us to tell you what it can be. The reality is, the source of the pain, is not located where you are experiencing the pain. When I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon last fall, I developed a very tight calf issue, which subsequently turned into a pain on the lateral part of my heel (not where one would have a plantar fasciitis issue). My sports chiro whom I started seeing after my calf issue, diagnosed me as having inflammation of the fat pad of my heel--which was caused by tight calf muscles (even though my calves felt fine) and tight hamstrings.
My suggestion is to take some time off from running. You will not lose a lot of fitness during your down time, but you potentially derail your half-marathon hopes if you continue to run through the pain and cause other kinetic chain issues if you change your form to compensate for this pain. You may also want to check into seeing a sports chrio (not a general chiro) but one who deals with runners.
I am training for my first half marathon and have been experiencing foot pain since yesterday afternoon and can't figure out what it is exactly. I'm hoping someone sees this post and has experienced a similar injury before and can point me in the direction of what may have caused it and how I can treat it.
I ran 5 miles yesterday morning and don't remember having twisted or done anything in particular to my foot. During the day I gradually started to feel pain in one of my feet... almost like a foot cramp that wouldn't go away and gradually got worse. (I was wearing heels at work and haven't really worn them in a couple of weeks). I still have the pain today and it hurts when I put pressure on my foot to walk. My foot almost feels stiff and the pain is on the bottom/outer edge and my ankle feels a bit stiff. I kind of feel like I have Frankenstein foot when I walk.
Has this happened to anyone before? Do you know what caused it? What's the best way to treat it?
I'm so concerned that my half marathon training is going to be derailed :(