Hello all. I'm a runner of moderate experience, and I just started getting in to running longer distances - 6 miles plus. Unfortunately, one of the pains I experience on my longer runs is on the top of my foot, kind of opposite the peak of my arch. It ranges from sharp pain to a dull ache and will set in one or two days after the run lasting for another day or two. It's something I can run with. I've tried relaxing my shoes around the area to relieve pressure, but this is only somewhat effective. I'm just wondering if it's part of normal aches and pains, or something to be wary of.
I just went thru that for about 3 months. I got a cortisone shot because my dr thought it was Morton's neuroma, or inflammation causing a pinched nerve in my foot. It didn't help for long, so I went to a podiatrist who recommended orthopedic inserts in my shoes, low impact exercise, stretching, icing, and Aleve twice a day. I eventually went to a Hyvee store brand of insert in my running shoe, continued the stretching and icing and the Aleve. And kept running:) My podiatrist also recommended not ever ever wearing barefoot or minimal running shoes again, but going with a very supportive running shoe for long distances. After going thru all that pain, I totally agree with him!
I too deal with this. For me, it's Morton's neuroma, or inflammation causing a pinched nerve. It's leveled off now as I've been stretching and rolling on a golf ball daily and doing exercises to strengthen the ball of my foot. I noticed certain running shoes activate it more. Right now, I know its there but its much better from the stretching, massage, and strengthening of the foot. Hope this helps!
The confusing part of your post is the pain doesn't set in until a day or so after your run. Which makes it sound more like muscle/tendon, or a bruise, or possibly a pinched nerve. The fact that "relaxing my shoes around the area to relieve pressure" helps would seem to reinforce that idea. It is possible that it's a stress fracture but I would think that would bother you during your runs. Going up half to a full size in your shoes may also help relieve it.