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Wolakrab 01-21-2015 07:52 AM

Anyone suffer from metatarsalgia?
 
As part of my regimen for weight loss and getting in shape, I started walking last May. I am up to almost 4 miles at a brisk pace(3.8-3.9 MPH)every other day, and over the last couple of months I've started to notice a pain in the ball of my left foot. Went to the doctor, and he diagnosed metatarsalgia, AKA stone bruise. Damn, it hurts. I have been doing my best to ignore the pain and walk my way through it...I take an OTC pain reliever when it gets really bad, and that helps. I just bought a new pair of walking shoes, so hopefully that will help it as well.
Anyone else here have this problem? If so, what has worked best for you? Orthotics? Or just deal with it?

Double tyme 01-21-2015 09:14 AM

No experience, but I do know that people who run a lot spend a ton of money on their shoes. Presumably the same holds true for walkers.

May want to try going to a specialty running store and being fitted.

My general preference on (that sort of) medical issues is how to stop the issue, not how to treat the symptoms. Remember doctors make money when you keep coming back, not when they offer common sense advice or solutions and don't see you again.

MustaGotLost 01-21-2015 10:09 AM

The pain is from Metatarsal tendon inflammation where it attaches to the heal bone, usually the root cause is the tendon is too tight all the time. If you can get it to stretch, the pain will go away.

Try getting a piece of 4x4, stand with the balls of your feet on the wood and try to touch the floor with your heels. Or get a tennis ball and anytime you are sitting, put the tennis ball under the arch of your foot.

I had it in both feet and could never get it to loosen up enough to get the pain to go away. My Podiatrist performed an out-patient arthroscopic procedure, 1 foot at a time, where he snipped a part of the tendon. They go in from the side so there is a small incision on each side of your heel. When it heals the spot in the tendon is more supple, the tendon can stretch and the pain goes away.

Worked awesome, no more issues.

I would still try stretching first.

Best wishes on getting that resolved !

Budget 01-21-2015 10:14 AM

Good job on the effort you're putting in!!

Only thing I would say, keep your options open for other exercises, e.g. cycling or maybe rowing.

crm114 01-21-2015 11:23 AM

Good for you making the decision to get off of the couch and move. It will extend you life and contribute to your quality of life in the long run. When I started running I paid attention to the shoes but forgot one key element. Socks. Yes socks make a huge difference. Get some nice running socks and you will know what I am talking about. We alternate days. 4 mile run one day and 4 mile walk the other day. The socks have greatly helped both forms of exercise.

Fish_Heads 01-21-2015 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by Wolakrab (Post 7483998)
As part of my regimen for weight loss and getting in shape, I started walking last May. I am up to almost 4 miles at a brisk pace(3.8-3.9 MPH)every other day, and over the last couple of months I've started to notice a pain in the ball of my left foot. Went to the doctor, and he diagnosed metatarsalgia, AKA stone bruise. Damn, it hurts. I have been doing my best to ignore the pain and walk my way through it...I take an OTC pain reliever when it gets really bad, and that helps. I just bought a new pair of walking shoes, so hopefully that will help it as well.
Anyone else here have this problem? If so, what has worked best for you? Orthotics? Or just deal with it?

I got a pair of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HTP-Heel-Sea...item3ce656f693

The first couple of days you want to cut your feet off after wearing these. Tough it out for a week or so till the tendon gets stretched out & your feet will never feel better.

Been wearing these inserts in my work shoes for the past several years.

If I put on other shoes with out any inserts or support for more than a day or 2, my feet go back to hurting again.

These inserts really work.

Fish

BSpot 01-21-2015 11:40 AM

Orthotics; you can get a pair custom made ($300) or pick up the gel type at Sports Authority. I have both and they work about the same. Suggest at night if you are watching TV, take a frozen water bottle and just roll it back and forth on the floor using your heel and arch. I also found relief by placing a rope under my toes and pulling towards my upper body. This may take a few months to get over.

NightTide 01-26-2015 02:56 AM

Birkenstocks and stretching works for me.

Wolakrab 01-26-2015 04:15 AM

Trying to stretch the tendon out by rolling a tennis ball back and forth with my foot. I got a new pair of walking shoes and that helped.
Thanks for all the suggestions.

bellsisland 01-26-2015 04:50 AM

I have been working out hard as well and I have a heel spur in my left foot that is driving me crazy. Oh well, not letting it stop me from running.


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