arch of foot pain

about eight weeks ago I started training for a 5k. I am doing the C25k program and for the past almost two weeks I have been having pain right behind the ball of my foot in the middle of my foot (not off to one side) as well as into the arch of my foot. It is pretty painful and have been having pain while walking too especially at the end of my step as i push off. is this something I can treat at home or should I go to a doctor? I have good new shoes and have not had this problem before. I would prefer to treat it before it becomes so bad that I have to go to the doctor

4 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hello Hannah – thank you for your follow up question. Based off of this information I would try to see a Podiatrist sooner than May 15th. It does sound like it may be a little more than just “arch pain”. In the meantime I would ice the area and minimize your activity until you are certain whether or not it is a stress fracture. Please note that most stress fractures do not show up on X-ray until they show signs of healing. I recommend seeing a Podiatrist, not a N.P., as they are better trained in the diagnosis and treatment of foot-specific conditions. I hope this helps.

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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  2. Foot-com

    I went to a nurse practitioner and after she rubbed her fingers on the arch of my foot she said i was having arch pain. well duh! She told me to ice it and take ibprofen which i was doing before. and now it has moved to the top of my foot as well on the left side at the base of my third through pinkie toe. does this still sound like a stress fracture? I have not noticed any swelling but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. How soon would you say I need to see a doctor? I have an appt for May 15, is that soon enough or should i try to get in like next week.

    Hannah

  3. Foot-com

    ok, I will look into it.

    Hannah

  4. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like you may have a stress fracture. A stress fracture is the result of repetitive micro-trauma to the tissue – and is common in new runners or runners increasing their mileage too quickly.

    Stress fractures typically do not show up right away on x-ray but going to a Podiatrist they should easily be able to diagnosis it based on its clinical presentation. The treatment for a stress fracture is partial weight bearing in a surgical shoe for 4 – 8 weeks, depending on how quickly you heal. Because I have not seen your foot it is possible it is not a stress fracture, and therefore I recommend seeing a Podiatrist.

    Good luck.

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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