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The ball of my left foot (only) gets very hot (and sometimes numb) @4 miles. This problem has existed through 3 different brands of shoes and a number of socks and combinations of socks. I've thought I've had the problem solved, several times (see below) only to see it return.
I've also tried powder, Body Glide etc. I otherwise love the newest running shoes I have, NB 1062 but the orthotic insert that helped for my last pair of shoes does not help for them.
The only other things that releive this problem are (1) slowing down and (2) changing to an odd, flat-footed, heel strike stride that also slows me down.
I am looking at several insole replacements that aim to cushion the metatarsals and/or offer a metatarsal dome to seperate the toes, such as the Shock Doctor X-Active and others.
You should definitely see a podiatrist for a potential bone scan/MRI. There might be some type of bursitis involved if this hasn't been resolved with shoe/sock changes.
Nevertheless, you might want to try running on forgiving surfaces such as dirt trails or grass fields. This will lessen the impact forces your forefoot is experiencing and could lessen your symptoms. You might also be tying your shoes too tight. Numbness might signify a nerve issue - in that case I'd definitely recommend a professional consultation with a podiatrist or maybe an orthopedist.
Cheers, - Jason.
Thanks Jason - I wrote you an involved reply but active logged me out and would not let me log back in - lost it all. In summary:
I've been to a podiatrist. He found no problems and was not a runner = no help
Been on more forgiving surfaces = no difference
3/4 Triad insole did help, just didn't carry to new, better shoes. My ankles, knees, back love these new shoes.
I think my answer will, eventually come from other runners and perhaps with the right insoles. I'm looking at "metatarsal dome"; or similar such as the Shock Doctor X-Active. Any ideas or experiences along those lines would be greatly appreciated.
Have you tried going up half a shoe size? I had a problem in a similar area - a lumpy feeling just behind the ball of my left foot. I switched to a slightly bigger shoe and it sorted me right out. Are you sure you have enough room in there? Running shoes do tend to run small!
Thank You for your response
Yep! The new pair I like so much, otherwise, is up 1/2 size.
It's the leading edge of the ball of my foot and to a lessor extent the underside of the toes in the same area (as opposed to the top joint area of toes)
No one yet has naswered because they haven't experienced this. I went to a podiatrist but recommended heavy running shoes. I knew better.
I would stop around 4 miles and rub my right foot and that would help at first. Sometimes that wouldn't help but strewtching with it would. Then it got worse.
On my 1/2 marathon I lost about 40 minutes leaning on trees and massaging my foot. Then the rest of the day was fine.
Yeah I tried shoes, insoles, etc..
One day I decided to run thru it on my 22 miler, it burned, hurt but it was a nerve issue. After about 20 mins of running on hot needles it went away. I decided to run thru it every time and it diminisged and stopped altogether, If I stop running also on treadmills the problem returns but no on the road.
I would walk thru it and see if that helps or maybe run thru it as I did. There's a nerve with issues.
Thank you for your contribution. I'm sorry you've experienced something similar. I know how difficult it can be to maintain motivation and SPEED with this barrier.
I suspect you are right and it is a nerve issue. And, yes, I have run through it, many times. Except for the working combo I had with my last pair of shoes and the Triad insole it's either run through it or give up running Unfortunately running in those shoes always felt like a balancing act = they were less stable than the newer ones.
Again I'm hoping to find an insole that may work with the newer, more stable pair of shoes; or that someone will have an idea I've not come across.