I'm currently training for the London Marathon 2014 on a hard training plan which invloves training twice a day. I'm aiming for 2 hrs 40mins. I achieved 2 hrs 52 in 2012.
I train in Asics Cumulus 15 trainers. I have two pairs. One pair for the morning run and one pair for the afternoon run to allow the gels to reset. I have had my gait analysed and I'm a neutral runner. I'm an old fashioned heel strike runner.
I seem to have developed a pain in the ball of my left foot. it feels like a small pebble when I walk.
I have never suffered with a pain like this before. It does not affect my running but it does flair up after training and general walking. I have been injury free since October where I overcame a typical calf strain.
I put the new injury down to my high mileage training which is between 70 - 100 miles per week.
I have recently changed both sets of trainers as I thought this niggle was due to old trainers (300miles). I usually get IBT flair up though when my trainers have died.
Icing it helps as does anti inflammatory tablets although I'd like to be pill free! I've had a 24hr rest day on Monday but the pain is still present.
Would it be worth investing in Sorbothane insole's?
Any advice on how I can overcome this?
Hi Paul, have you had an xray on your foot at all?
I haven't seen a doctor yet!
Hi Princess Leah
Thanks for the response!
Is the pain localised in one spot or generally across the whole ball of foot area?
Its directly below my second toe. If I stretch my toe the pain does ease!
I have no problems running on it but walking around especially barefoot does aggravate it!
I do lot's of stretching and as far as I'm aware all my stretch techniques are correct. I do a lot of calf stretches/raises as I'm prone to the odd calf injury. I also wear compression socks as these really help my calves!
I've never suffered with this before so It's all new to me! A calf injury is old hat and I can get over that!
I'll keep icing/stretching it and see how we go!
Im with Princess Leah (hahah!!) on this Paul.
Last year, 4wks before the Paris Mara, I got a metatarsal stress fracture from the Silverstone 1/2, this was discovered by an x-ray the following day, it had been building up with similar sensations to what you have described. I shouldn't have run Paris....but I did! Now, in my build up to VLM, its beginning to plague me a bit! I hope you get sorted, and hope to be running up The Mall with you on April 13th!!
Good luck with the injury!
Mine has actually improved since I went onto Votorol 25mg as opposed to ibuprofen. I'm still icing and stretching the foot. Iv'e had 2 sessions today totalling 1:30 hrs and have not felt the pebble sensation.
I don't like to subscribe to drugs all the time but sometimes you have to give in! This reminds me of a groin inflammation I had when I used to play football. X-ray and MRI scan showed heavy inflammation and I was prescribed ibuprofen and rest. I did as I was told but the pain remained. It wasn't until I saw a specialist that he said ibuprofen was not enough and gave me Votorol. I was playing football again within a week.
I'll let you know how it goes!
And yes I hope to be joining you on The Mall!
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