Heel pain when walking

I am a 36 year old female. I’m about 40 pounds overweight (5’6) and 180 pounds. I’m trying to loose weight so I’ve been running/jogging in the mornings. I’ve been doing 3-4 minute slow jog and 2 minute walk for about 3 miles on pavement in 5 finger Vibram shoes.

The 5 finger shoes felt great and I tried running from toe to heal and taking it easy. It all went well until last Monday I felt a pinching feeling under the outer bone of my right foot. I’ve not run since then – it has now been almost 7 days and the pain hasn’t gone away. It doesn’t hurt unless I’m walking. It feels like a pinching pain right side of my heel when my hurting foot is behind my other foot as I walk but still bearing weight on it. Any ideas of what it could be? Should I go back to my regular shoes?

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  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question.

    Whenever I have a patient who begins a new exercise program or increase in activity, overuse injuries always need to be ruled out. When running in Vibram shoes, there is an increased demand on the muscles of the foot and ankle.

    Although there is media around minimalist running/jogging that it has lower injury rates and decreased stress on the foot – a person must slowly adapt to this different running/jogging pattern. Although it sounds like you are describing a peroneal tendonitis – I would see a Podiatrist if I were you to get an X-ray and make sure you do not have a stress fracture.

    If everything turns out to be okay – then I would gradually ease back into the exercise program. If you in fact do have a stress fracture or a tendonitis, you can still maintain your exercise programming with non-impact activities such as rowing, cycling or an elliptical machine. Running is a great exercise option, but has 3 – 4 times are body weight in ground reaction forces – so the injury rates can be quite high.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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