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lateral foot pain

Posted by Tim on 8/16/03 at 08:40 (127108)

I've been running between 20 and 30 miles a week. A few days a go, I was about 2 miles out on my run when I began to experience serious pain on the lateral side of the bottom of my right foot between the ball of my foot and heel. It felt like serious cramping and I was no longer able to run. My foot has been very sore for the last four days after this incident with pain decreasing each day. I attempted to run yesterday, but no sooner than I was about 30 seconds out did my pain reoccur. I don't remember anything that could have initially caused this. Any idea what this is and how I can successfully treat it so I can be back running again soon?

Re: lateral foot pain

Dr. Z on 8/16/03 at 08:44 (127110)

It could be a few things. The area you are talking is where the lateral band of the plantar fascia is located. It can also be the peronal brevis or longus. You may have a neuroma.
You need to stop running see a foot specialist and get a correct diagnosis. Until then rest, ice if it is painful, heat if it is sore.
The most important thing is you need a diagnosis

Re: lateral foot pain

Tim on 8/16/03 at 13:57 (127131)

Dr Z,
Thanks for the response. I've looked up info on plantar fascitis, and it looks like thats what I've got. I recently started running with 3/4 length arch supports. Could the arch supports have caused this foot problem?


Re: lateral foot pain

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/16/03 at 14:37 (127134)

A number of different foot types (and function) exists. Arch supports push up on the arch and often move wieight bearing pressure and weight/force transference lateral. As such, they are a frequent cause of lateral foot pain --- especially true in the higher arched 'supinated' foot types.

Re: lateral foot pain

Dr. Z on 8/17/03 at 11:50 (127188)

Take out the inserts and see what happens