I completely stopped
running a few weeks before the race in an effort to not aggravate the pain. Turns out, I never had a bit of foot pain on race day. In fact, in those 7 years I've run 2 marathons, over a half dozen half marathons, and several smaller races and although I've struggled with ITBS, that foot pain NEVER came back! Until.....this past month. If you are a regular reader, you've noticed in the Weekly Wrap post we post on Sundays I've mentioned this foot pain a few times.
I haven't seen the doctor yet because I know exactly what the pain is. It's called Sesamoiditis. The sesamoid bone is the one on the inside of your foot that connects to your big toe. It's function is to aid the tendons in movement. Apparently my sesamoid bones have a tiny slit in them. This pain can of course be triggered by shoes, which is what I thought was happening and hoped it would go back to normal in a few weeks, but it hasn't. I would hate to think after all these years that THIS is what is going to keep me from running.
Thankfully, I have few things in my arsenal that I am hoping helps.
1. I had a gel bunion cushion from a few years ago (apparently only one foot hurt bad enough to have one back then) but I recently bought another for the other foot and I wear them when I run. The cover just slips over your toe and the gels portion gives my sesamoid bone the cushioning it needs. This does not take the pain away but it definitely makes it a LOT better and I can stay on my feet much longer.
2. I am not a fan of KT tape ( I prefer Rock tape), but I found a tutorial on how to tape your foot for Sesamoiditis/bunions. Its hard to say if this method worked. I could still feel the pain when I walk/ran, but then again, I don't know how bad it would have been had I NOT had the tape. Also, the pink KT tape I used did not stick very well. I'll have to try it again with my Rock tape.
3 & 4. I have several different gel pads, some for metatarsal and some for the ball of the foot. Both of these I use to put in my dress shoes. I haven't needed to use them this time around in my dress shoes because the ones I now wear are very comfy but I may consider putting them in my running shoes and see how that works.
5. Lastly, I've been trying to ice that part of my foot after activity. If anything else, perhaps it will take the inflammation down and I'll gradually have less flare ups.
The gel covers and pads can be found at your local pharmacy but a few years ago I also discovered a great site for foot accessories and very comfy shoes called Footsmart.com. If you need specialized things for your feet, ankles, or calves. you should check it out.
Before I started the fitness challenge I was trying to stay off my feet but even that didn't really help.
Any other advice or things I should try? -M
We're linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.