Pain on the top foot (above toes)

Hi. I am a boxer. As a part of my training regimen i run for 5 kms for 3 days a week and also do other activities like skipping etc. Recently i am having some pain in the top part of my foot above the fingers. Ie; above the big toe and other fingers. Also i am having some pain in my achille’s heal. However there is no swelling or redness on the foot and i am able to do activity including running, skipping etc. But presently i am on rest for the past couple of days and just want to get this cured. The shoes that i am using is exactly my foot size and some people say that the pain is due to that. Usually we are suppose to use bigger shoes while running it seems. But as i was not doing that is this pain due to that reason. Also how much rest is required for completely healing. Also what is the best treatment for the pain, ice or heat. I have tried both in the past couple of days. Request you to help me in this regard.

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  1. Foot-com


  2. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question. When addressing your foot pain, we must consider the stress you place on your feet as a boxer. As a boxer you are primarily on the ball of the feet and shifted forward to decrease contact time and increase agility. Eventually these movements can stress the toe joints and the achilles tendon. Skipping, running and jumping rope will exasurbate the pain you are feeling – especially in your achilles tendon.

    To minimize your pain right now, the most important thing you want to do is minimze stress to your achilles tendon and control inflammation. To minimize stress to the achilles tendon, avoid being barefoot for several days and wear sneakers with a slight elevation. When the pain subsides begin to integrate eccentric calf exercises and trigger point release to the calves. To control the inflammation you can ice the area or try anti-inflammatory creams. If the pain persists, I recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can rule out any other causes for the pain. Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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