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2462 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2012 1:24 PM by jmsab23
SingleRunner Amateur 21 posts since
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Jan 27, 2012 7:35 PM

What IS this pain in my foot??

Just wondering from other runners...Do the type of shoes REALLY make a difference based on foot type? Really?? I bought my first pair (Mizuno Wave Rider 10, neutral, high arch) about 5 years ago because I liked them and had no problems. I do have have arches. I only ran 4 or 5 months out of the year and did less than 10 miles a week in them. Never a foot problem. Now, after a 3 year hiatus from running, I bought a new pair (Mizuno Elixir 6, performance stability, average arch) and the outside of my foot is hurting. Could the pain just be the wrong shoes???? If I put the sole of my foot in my hand and squeeze, even very gently, the entire left side of my foot hurts..like a 6 on a 1 - 10 scale. I was thinking the plantar fasciatis but I think the pain is more in the center of the foot with that ailment. My foot has been hurting and getting better, then hurting on and off again for about 2 months. It hurts the day after a run and gets better the next day or two until I run again. I did not run for 2 weeks around Christmas but I started again and the pain came back. I was thinking about the slight chance of it being a stress fracture. Anyone else experience this pain? I have read online about this but I have a great deal of respect for the first hand opinions and experiences of other runners!!!  Thanks in advance!!!!

  • Runner-sgt Amateur 15 posts since
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    1. Jan 27, 2012 7:41 PM (in response to SingleRunner)
    What IS this pain in my foot??

    Yes sir! From my experiences, you can definitely have pains if you are using the wrong type of shoe. I would recommend doing a gait analysis or running clinic to find out exactly what type of sole you should be wearing. I had to give up on my favorite pair of shoes because they were just hurting too bad. Find out what kind you need and try them out. If the pain persists then it may be a sign of maybe an injury or other ailment. I do believe that if it were plantar fas it would be more along the bottom of your foot not to the left side. I ran with a hairline fracture on my metatarsal and attributed the pain to my shoes, when it was actually a small break, so you may want to get checked out before you continue or you could just be irritating a minor injury. Just a thought. Good luck!





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  • Haselsmasher Legend 520 posts since
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    3. Jan 28, 2012 9:08 AM (in response to SingleRunner)
    What IS this pain in my foot??

    Does it hurt WHILE you're running?  If so - does the pain increase as the run progresses?

     

    What was your ramp-up like following your hiatus?  When did the come-back start and what sort of mileage and weekly running frequency are you doing now?

     

    Jim





    "Kick off your high heel sneakers, it's party time."

    -- From the song FM by Steely Dan

  • Haselsmasher Legend 520 posts since
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    5. Jan 29, 2012 8:18 AM (in response to SingleRunner)
    What IS this pain in my foot??

    I was really interested to hear if things felt worse as the run progresses.  That's a classic stress fracture symptom but it sounds like that's not happening to you.

     

    I guess all I can offer is a somewhat similar symptom.  It was in my heel.  I had this one spot I was getting pain.  It genearlly wasn't hurting during a run (I was only doing 2 miles - 3-4 times / week).  It would hurt that evening and the next day. 

     

    Just a couple of weeks ago I went to the podiatrist (this pain has been going on a long time - over a year).  MRI showed stress reaction of the heel bone.  Now I'm in a boot for a few weeks.  So at least for me it is a pre-cursor to a stress fracture however the pain didn't escalate during a run.  (And maybe that's because I didn't push it more.)

     

    If the shoes don't resolve it I'd get to a good running-oriented poditrist.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Jim





    "Kick off your high heel sneakers, it's party time."

    -- From the song FM by Steely Dan

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
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    6. Jan 29, 2012 5:20 PM (in response to SingleRunner)
    What IS this pain in my foot??

    Now for a thought from far left field: 

     

    When you're done fooling around with shoes, try going barefoot a bit.  Read up and see what you think.  Lots of my BF colleagues used to have persistant and chronic foot pain and left it behind with their shoes.  It isn't the kind of thing to do without some consideration and study, but there is a lot of evidence that building up your feet with muscle and bone density and increasing their flexibility is a good way to get rid of the pain.





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  • Guy Grim Pro 61 posts since
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    7. Jan 30, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to SingleRunner)
    What IS this pain in my foot??

    SingleRunner;

     

    I experienced a great deal of pain in my foot (along the outside edge).  On every foot fall it fel like I was aggravating a bruise.  It was painful throbbing pain, not a sharp piercing pain. 

     

    I was heavy about 240-250 on a 5'11" frame.  I did two things which helped...

     

    1. I bought stability running shoes from Asics and

    2. I lossened up my laces, so the there is no presssure across the width of my foot. 

     

    Believe it or not I have not had any issues ever since. 

     

    Right Now I run with Brooks GTS 11's and 12's and I have no pain.  Sometimes it is an easy solution.  Good luck!  I hope you figure it out.





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  • Runner-sgt Amateur 15 posts since
    Sep 20, 2010
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    10. Jan 30, 2012 7:30 PM (in response to SingleRunner)
    What IS this pain in my foot??

    While barefoot running is a great change for the more advanced runner, it's definitely not for everyone. If you have issues with over/under pronation u need to fix those before trying that out. Barefoot running, as painful as it sounds, is actually not that bad if properly taken on. It is great for the muscles in your feet and is a more natural (and cheaper because ur not wearing out shoes) alternative. I wouldn't completely cross it off the list if you plan on becoming a serious, competitive runner...but it's not absolutely necessary. I've seen many fast people take 1st place at big events while running barefoot, but I've also seen shoe wearers take 1st place. It's all about what feels right for u.





    Anthony D.

    2006 Valley of Flowers Half Marathon Lompoc, CA: 1:35:15

    2007 Inaugural Pismo Beach Half Marathon: 1:31:27

    2007 Valley of Gold Half Marathon Tuscon, AZ: 1:40:08

    2007 Valley of Flowers Half Marathon Lompoc, CA: 1:28:40

    2007 Surf City USA Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA: 1:31:31

    2008 Pier to Peak Run Santa Barbara, CA

    2008 Rock-n-Roll San Diego Marathon: 4:03:18

    2008 Inaugural Rock-n-Roll San Antonio Marathon: 4:21:45

    2009 Guam Ko'Ko Road Race Half Marathon: 1:29:37

    2009 Guam PIC Half Marathon: 1:27:53

    2010 Guam Ko'Ko' Road Race: 1:32:17

    2010 Guam Marathon: 3:36:09

    2010 Guam Perimeter Run 50K: 6:08

    2011 Guam Two Lovers Point Half Marathon: 1:27:12

    2011 XTERRA Guam Off-Road Triathlon Finisher

    2011 Guam Summer Sprint Triathlon Series Finisher

    2011 Rock-n-Roll San Antonio Marathon: 4:16:06

    ...and coming this year!!!

    2012: "Highest Marathon in the America" Madison Marathon, Montana (July 2012); Air Force Marathon Wright-Pat AFB, OH (Sept 2012); Le Grizz 50K Glacier National Park Montana (Oct 2012); Dirty Dash Billings/Missoula Montana (June/Sept 2012)

    "Run til' you cant anymore, then run some more..."

  • jmsab23 Legend 243 posts since
    Aug 19, 2011
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    11. Feb 1, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to SingleRunner)
    What IS this pain in my foot??

    Single, if you still have your old sneakers - you say you bought these in October, try your old sneakers for a couple or three of your runs and see if your feet still hurt the same way. Or, go back to the store you bought them from and ask about a swap or a credit toward new ones. We have a running store here that guarantees your fit for a month after you buy them, which is gone by for you, but maybe your store would be willing to cut you some slack.

    I've gone with Asics for my last three pairs and I love their products. I need a wide shoe, and have found differences in shoes when it comes to "wide" or "extra wide" -- my Asics are wider than my New Balance I used to run with, even though they're both labeled as Extra wide.

    I like the idea of loosening your laces, but at the same time, check your shoe width against some of your other shoes/sneakers. Match your bottoms up to each other. My Asics are about 3/8" wider than my NB, and I don't think it's just the sole/bottoms. The toe box makes a big difference in comfort during and after you run.

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