I started developing heel pain, like a bruise or sharp pain towards the front medial part of the heel bone on my left foot this past summer. I was able to continue running without problem and the discomfort would go away after a few minutes.
My running is ninety percent barefoot on asphalt. I am very concerned that as I increase my long runs to eighteen or twenty miles my foot will not hold up. My treatments consist of frequent deep massage by hand and by rolling my foot over a pool ball. I also do mild stretching of the calf. I do use the stick to look for trigger points or tight spots on the calf and upper leg muscles.
I would very much appreciate any ideas as to how to treat this injury and how to continue training.
Thanks so much