Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Advice Needed--Foot Pain

So I injured myself during the DL Half.  Boo!  At about the 10 mile marker, my Achilles area started hurting.  It got to the point where I was limping while running, but didn't let it slow me down.  The side of my heel starting hurting too and became numb.  I was concerned about my Achilles.  I worried that I had torn something but I still limped around the parks all day.  2 days later, it was a little tender but much better.  However a new pain popped up and stuck around.

The bottom, back part of my heel feels bruised, along with the side of the back of the heel.  But I can't pinpoint a location.  Meaning, I can't press somewhere and find pain.  It's only when I'm standing/walking. 

It kinda hurts here, and along the side a little more.

It also hurts on the bottom part of heel, slightly back from where this site is shown below

Is it Plantar Fasciitis?  Everything I've read says its excruciating pain and often worse in the morning.  My pain isn't excruciating.  It isn't sharp--more like standing on a bruise.  And it hurts randomly throughout the day.  Not any worse in the morning.  Also that it's painful to walk up stairs, but its not for me.

So then I thought maybe it was a heel spur, but once again I read that its a sharp pain and worse in the morning, which isn't true for me.  So I just can't figure it out.  I've been icing and stretching/rolling every day.

After 2 1/2 weeks, I decided to try running again.  My feet weren't hurting any worse, but not feeling any better either.  I put on my Saucony Guide 6s for the first time since the half.  OUCH!!!  It hurt just to put them on.  I had worn my runDisney shoes to work with no problem but these hurt.  It felt like the shoe was pressing up on the inside part of my foot where the arch meets the heel.  Then that was making all my weight go on the outside back part of my heel right where it hurts.  So I'm thinking that's the cause of the pain in the first place?  I wore these shoes all summer.  They have 150 miles on them and I've worn them through 14 milers with absolutely no pain, and it even got rid of my achy knees that I previously had.  Now they suddenly hurt?

I tried on my old Ravennas.  They didn't hurt my feet.  So I decided to run in them.  My feet didn't hurt at all during the run.  They're a little achy now, a couple of hours later, but not too much worse than before.  However, my knees are achy again!

Gah!  I don't know what to do!  I can't figure out what's wrong with to fix it and then I'm not sure what to do about the running shoes.

And I have a half marathon the weekend after next, then the Tower of Terror 10 miler the following weekend, another 10 miler 3 weeks after that and the Wine & Dine 2 weeks after that!

Any advice??

( I should add that the pain is on both feet but much worse on the right)


  1. I wish I had some advice, I have a similar pain and I haven't been able to figure it out. Have you thought about going to the doctor to have it checked out?

  2. No..I don't want a doctor to tell me not to run!

  3. I would hold off on running until you see your doctor. Don't worry too much, he might allow you to continue running as exercise can be an important part of the healing process. It might not be Plantar Fasciitis. It could just be mild arthritis which can be common in athletes. The good news is that there are many ways to treat foot pain including therapy, exercises/stretches, medication or in more severe cases, surgery.

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