Intermittent pain in left foot


For about a month now I’ve been experiencing pain localized to my left foot that only presents when I stand after I’ve been sitting down for awhile. I walk around with a slight limp for a little while because of it, and then it goes away as I continue to walk around. It hurts the most in the morning when I get out of bed and I hardly feel any pain while exercising. It feels like it’s mostly on the top of the foot on the left side.

I can’t remember any trauma in particular that has led to this. The only thing I changed in my running routine were my shoes. I went from a slightly cushioned shoe to a minimalist shoe pretty quickly.

Thank you for your help in trying to identify what it might be.

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. Sounds like you are describing what is often referred to as “top of foot pain”. This is common in those transitioning from traditional shoes to more minimalist footwear. The “top of foot pain” is actually inflammation and stress to the small ligaments that stabilize the midfoot. Ensuring that the foot has adequate recovery time is important in managing and preventing foot pain in minimalist footwear. I would slow down your increase in mileage in the minimalist shoes to allow more time for the soft tissue and muscles of the foot to adapt. If the pain persists, I would see a Podiatrist to ensure that it is not a stress fracture.

    Good luck.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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  2. Foot-com

    OMG i have exactly the same problem in my left foot also??? any answers?

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