I have been running on and off for several years; I have recently started running again and been utilizing the walk/jog method through coolrunning.com; my stretching regime includes utilizing "The Stick" to massage my calve, hamstring and quadracep muscles; I will also roll a golf ball under my foot to stretch the arch, etc. I will do this before and after each run. I would also use "The Stick" during my run. The current shoes that I am running in are Saucony Progrid Guide 5 Stability shoes. The running store specialist observed how I walk and how I run and determined that I run a little bit to the flat side, etc. The problem that I am about to describe has been happening since I started running and went through numerous stability shoes.
This is what happens when I run: About 10 minutes into my run, I will feel a burning sensation in the ball/arch area of both of my feet. I do not feel any pain in my shins, calves, or even heel. This would cause me discomfort and I would have to stop jogging and result to walking. The burning sensation would then seize. I would then start jogging again and within 2-5 minutes, the burning sensation would come back. I am running on side walk because of the winter. The Running Store specialist determined that I am landing appropriately. Please note that there are some days that the burning sensation will only occur in the left foot. I have researched this particular issue and some people have said that it is the tendons/ligaments in the foot that become imflamed or something like that. The recommendation was to purchase shoes with arch support. This is what I did and I am still having the problem.
I love running but I am losing faith in solving this problem. I have been to podiatrist several times and all they told me to do was to stretch. I hope that you will be able to help me out. Thank you very much and take care. Mateusz. Easthampton, MA.
I agree with people who tell you it's a tendon problem (Plantar fascia.) Much of this is due to inflexibility of the tendon and lower leg muscles. I would recommend sitting in a squating possition, with your back straight for several minutes per day. Plus I would do a number of squats, several days per week. You arch needs to be flexed and strengthened. If the tendon doesn't become more pliable, running will continue to inflame the tendon. Rolling your foot on a frozen water bottle may help.
It's not clear from your post whether you're doing conventional stretches for your calf and hamstring muscles, or just using the Stick. If not, stretching those muscles should take the pressure off the Plantar Fascia (your arch) and stop the burning.
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