Hi Simon. Heel to base of big toe is what I think when I'm running... apart from loads of stuff that you really don't need to know. I also try to think about rolling the foot along that line, rather than slapping it down all in one go.
That should distract you from the pain during the race anyway!
Hi All, I developed a miracle cure for mine own problem - which is def not PF by the way. Quick recap: I had pain on the outside middle of the bottom of my foot when I tried to run beyond an hour, went to podiatrist, temp inserts that feel good but didn't cure problem.
New diagnosis: (my own) tired feet syndrome. For some reason I was running on the outside of my right foot, particularly so when tired.
Cure: concentrated on running heel to toe and putting foot down not on the outside of the foot. It felt odd at first but hey presto, no more pain.
I'm reminded of a book I bought & read a long time ago when younger and more foolish. It was by Ironman Dave Scott (see http://www.davescottinc.com/about.html ).
He was originally a swimmer and took up running & cycling for the triathlon. In the book he talks about spending a long time focussing on the technique before you try to develop your capacity, speed, endurance etc.
Of course I remember it now... bit late really.
Anyway, hope that helps anyone that doesn't have full on PF and commiserations to those that do. It sounds miserable.
Hi, I've no idea if it's PF but I'd recommend going to a podiatrist and getting checked out.
I have pain in exactly the same place on my right foot. I thought the podiatrist had cured it as I had no pain when I ran for half an hour on Saturday. However, when I ran for 40mins on Monday I was aware of a soreness there as soon as I got over the half hour.
I walked the ten mins home but the pain got worse as the morning wore on, but had subsided again by the evening - although I can still feel it today.
I'm going back to the podiatrist. In fairness she did say my shoe inserts might or might not help.
From what she said it seems unlikely that yours is PF... perhaps we should start a non specific outside middle of the foot pain thread... Not very actchy is it?
OK, so I've been to the podiatrist and learnt lots of stuff. First, I don't have Plantar Fascitis. Second, I'm not perfect... As you can imagine, this came as a shock.
The reason for my problems is that my left leg is shorter than my right. Apparently I'm unknowingly compensating for my wonk when walking & working. I was even (no pun intended) able to cope with occasional half hour running.
The problem became a problem when I pushed on and started trying to train for a Half. The longer and harder I ran the more difficult it becomes for me to compensate. As I got tired I took more & more of the strain on my right foot, leading to the soreness I was experiencing.
The podiatrist is trying me with temporary felt inserts in my shoes (walking & running shoes) and I have to report back. If it works I get proper inserts. If not, I get packed off for a proper bio-mechanical evaluation.
In the meantime the inserts have an unexpected bonus. Obviously, now I've joined the world of runners my body is a temple (mostly). However, the inserts make me feel drunk even when sober. Hurrah!
I'll let you know how I get on. And, time permitting, I'll pitch an article about feet & podiatry & stuff to the RW mag crew.