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IceBlue
09-08-2004, 09:46 AM
Does anyone know what could cause foot pain in the area I am about to describe? The pain is felt in my left foot on the top part of the foot near my "pinky" toe and fourth toe (not sure of what these are called haha!) and it is only in my left foot. It's not so much directly over the toes as it is higher above them. I'm thinking maybe it's because I am right-handed and place all of my weight on my left foot when I'm serving. But anyway I have had a stress fracture in my second metatarsal of the left foot, but this does not feel the same as the stress fracture felt. The stress fracture is completely healed now though. Plus, I wear custom orthotics to prevent stress fractures from occurring. Could it just be a strained muscle of some sort? Thanks for any help.

simon
03-09-2005, 06:03 AM
Sorry for digging up an old thread, but I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this. I have had a similar pain my left foot and am trying to figure out the best way of addressing it.

The pain is in the same area as described by the original poster, and also extends up into the top of my foot at times. The funny thing is when I feel this on the very top of my foot it's more of a twinge/numbness thing that's pretty quick but odd...it's like there's a string in there that's getting jerked.

Anyway, I've written it off as an "overuse" type injury as it was much more noticeable when I came back after a month-long layoff and hit the courts pretty hard. I've taken more time to stretch, added some basic calf raises to my offcourt training, and it seems better.

Thankfully I've avoided the heel and arch pains I see described a lot. I guess it's the brief flashes of numbness that have me most concerned.

Anyone had anything similar happen?



simon

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2005, 07:14 AM
Anyway, I've written it off as an "overuse" type injury as it was much more noticeable when I came back after a month-long layoff and hit the courts pretty hard. I've taken more time to stretch, added some basic calf raises to my offcourt training, and it seems better.

I'd suggest you pair these calf raises with tibia (front of lower leg)

http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/TibialisAnterior.html

exercises, if you can find say a Hammer tibia machine or the exercises here (basically reverse calf raises)

http://www.exrx.net/Lists/ExList/CalfWt.html#anchor1929502

I had a left ankle surgery and they really help to keep the ankle and foot area strong.

J D
03-09-2005, 09:08 AM
Simon, what you're describing sounds like a nerve that's getting pinched. There could be several underlying causes. It could even be your shoes. If not, a physician (podiatrist) will be able to tell what the problem is for sure. As nerves get pinched, they often get irritated and swell, causing the problem to get worse very quickly. Cortisone shots can help with the pain and will sometimes cure the problem without further treatment, but not typically. Occasionally these go away on their own with anti-inflammatories and some stretching and conditioning. You should see a specialist if it doesn't improve right away. Make sure to get a good doctor because this isn't something you want to fool around with.

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2005, 09:24 AM
Simon, what you're describing sounds like a nerve that's getting pinched. There could be several underlying causes. It could even be your shoes. If not, a physician (podiatrist) will be able to tell what the problem is for sure. As nerves get pinched, they often get irritated and swell, causing the problem to get worse very quickly. Cortisone shots can help with the pain and will sometimes cure the problem without further treatment, but not typically. Occasionally these go away on their own with anti-inflammatories and some stretching and conditioning. You should see a specialist if it doesn't improve right away. Make sure to get a good doctor because this isn't something you want to fool around with.

It could be the shoes indeed.
Check this on Plantar Fasciitis
http://www.drpribut.com/sports/heelhtm.htm
esp the tests to be done on tennis shoes for proper sole flexibility

Yes, he should see a doctor.

simon
03-09-2005, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the replies. I think I will go see a doctor to be on the safe side, and I'll try that shoe test as well.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the shoes I have right now (vapor s2) but I did have to add some arch supports to get them feeling comfortable. For all I know they could be totally wrong for me.



simon

bertrevert
03-10-2005, 03:22 AM
Pain on the top of the foot is something I've felt for the first time recently. Mine felt like top of foot, sort of a bone pain. My immediate response was to go out and buy better shoes. It seems to be settling down - shoes seem to be pretty important all right.

I got the pain from stamping my foot (on shots) in cheap shoes.

Rest, an elastic brace, ice, all these seemed to help alay the pain. It's a very funny pain in that it hurts deep within the foot. I notice the pain in sideways movement most. Stronger shoes, braced in the arch, seem to be helping. Hope this helps.

Marius_Hancu
03-10-2005, 03:49 AM
sorry double posting ...

Marius_Hancu
03-10-2005, 03:50 AM
Pain on the top of the foot is something I've felt for the first time recently. Mine felt like top of foot, sort of a bone pain.

You might need orthotics. I am using Spenco, a pair is about $30. They helped a lot with my heel problems in combination with changing the shoes to Air Oscillates. Others might need custom orthotics.

dennis1188
03-10-2005, 11:58 AM
Marius, hv you tried the 'ultra sole' insoles, $40/pair (available frm REI)? They hv been a great benefit in resolving my foot and ankle problems, I now use the same pair in my 'street shoes'. Also, I'v, been using a 'rebounder' for 'light impact' bouncing for work-out feet/ankles/knees, IMO much better than high impact running. Esp. improves yr stability/flexibility/strenght (I always wear atheletic shoes 4 proper support while using this equipment NOT socks/bare feet , 10mins a day 4 me is fine). I'm now back to playing tennis 3-4 days per week w/o pain in the ankles/feet.

bertrevert
03-13-2005, 02:43 AM
You might need orthotics. I am using Spenco, a pair is about $30. They helped a lot with my heel problems in combination with changing the shoes to Air Oscillates. Others might need custom orthotics.

Sorry yes good advice, sorry getting older I guess now... thanks again