Foot Muscle Pain

My son; who is 16, is a competitive fencer. Over the last 3 months he has been experiencing pain on the bottom of his feet during heavy practices and tournaments. This past weekend it was the worst extreme pain he had. The pain seems to subside when he is not having heavy feet activity (fencing), and his feet isn’t bothering him away from his sport (walking, etc. it is not there). He just seen a doctor today regarding this, they did xrays and an analysis on his feet, but can’t seem to find anything wrong with him. My wife believe this may be muscle related, but unsure. He had special inlays before, but they just made things worse.

What do you think could be the problem?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Without examining his feet it is hard for me to say. However if he is not doing foot release and stretching, it could be accumulative stress causing his pain. Is it the back leg or front leg in his fencing position? I often see fencers experiencing foot pain in the back leg due to the stressed position the foot is placed in.

    For your son I would start to roll the feet on golf balls or the RAD Roller ( every day for at least 5-10 minutes. In addition, make sure he is stretching his calves at least 5-10 minutes every day.

    If the pain persists then I’d suggest getting a second opinion to see if there is something more functional going on.

    I hope this helps.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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