Foot problems on running

Hi

I wonder if you can help.

I have pain in my left foot, on the outside (but feeling as if it is deep), just in front of my heel (not at the back of the foot, the other way). It only happens about five minutes into jogging but is really painful.

I have had an operation on both legs because I had exercise induced compartment syndrome. The pain has gone from my leg muscles which used to hurt on running or walking quickly or uphill. Before the op I occasionally experienced the pain in my foot too but it seems to be worse than ever now.

After the first op I had a gait analysis and was given special insoles. I was told I was the opposite to most people in that I put pressure on the inside of my feet rather than outside.

I am pretty much at my wit’s end as I still can’t run properly. Any advice would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks, Cas

3 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for the question Cas.

    Try to pay attention to when you feel the pain. Is it before your strike the ground when your foot is flexed? When you first strike the ground? Or when you are pushing off? Without examining you, it is difficult to say exactly what foot type you have and any biomechanically reasons for the pain.

    Before you run I would do some foot mobility including stretching the calves and peroneals. I also like to have runners activate their posterior tibialis before running as this better controls the foot during running gait. If the pain persists, I would see a Podiatrist who specializes in sports medicine as they can better assess your biomechanics and running gait. Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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  2. Foot-com

    Thank you very much Dr Splichal. The pain is contstant once it begins, normally a few minutes into running. My worry is that it is exercise uinduced compartment syndrome in my foot, but I am not sure how likely that is.

    I will certainly take your advice. Do you have any suggestions as to how to activate the posterior tibialis?

    Many thanks once again for your help.

    Cas

  3. Foot-com

    Thank you for your follow up question Cas.

    If you had surgery for exercise-induced compartment syndrome it is most likely not compartment syndrome. You can integrate general foot mobility and strengthening through calf and peroneal stretching as well as barefoot exercises.

    One of my favorite barefoot exercises is called short fort where you pick up the at arch, hold for 8 seconds and repeat four times. If your pain persists I would recommend seeing a Podiatrist for a full evaluation.

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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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