Hot pain in my left foot tendons/ toes

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    Nov 14, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    I noticed while doing calf raises today that I have a really bad hot shooting pain when I am flexing my left foot that runs through my toes and along the bottom of the foot. I have been running long distances (13 miles) in Vibram 5 fingers running shoes (I regret buying them) and I think that is the cause.

    What is this called? And how do I get rid of it? It is a really peculiar pain.
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    Nov 14, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    ...The most common complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in the heel of the foot....

    http://www.plantar-fasciitis.org/

    http://www.kingbrand.com/Plantar_Fasciitis_Treatment.php?REF=M_PlantarFasciitis.X
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said...The most common complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in the heel of the foot....

    http://www.plantar-fasciitis.org/

    http://www.kingbrand.com/Plantar_Fasciitis_Treatment.php?REF=M_PlantarFasciitis.X


    It's not in my heel it is in my toes.
    i would go to a doc but no health insurance as I am underemployed
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    Nov 15, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    Um, read. Do some research. My pain was in my toes, too.

    It says "the most COMMON complaint..."
    not the"most exclusive"..icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:06 AM GMT
    Sounds a bit like a nerve compression... Any pins and needles or numbness as well?
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:57 AM GMT
    Listen if you can't afford to see a doctor, stop all exercise immediately and let yourself repair for 8 weeks. If after a number of weeks there is no improvement then it is likely to be more serious. In which case I would say save up to see a doc asap. Google cannot diagnose nor treat you-
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    Dec 08, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
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    DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor.

    However.....you have all the symtoms of Plantar Fasciitis. No, your Vibrams didn't cause this, although if you didn't give yourself enough time to slowly transition from a healed shoe, that is quite likely the cause. I usually suggest that people start out wearing their new Vibrams only about 15 minutes the first day and very very slowly increase the time over several weeks. And that's jut walking in them! Only after several weeks of walking in them would I suggest running in them, and of course I'd do that very gradually also. Vibrams are fantastic for your feet, but if you've worn shoes your entire life, many of the muscle tissue and tendons in your feet are that of a veal calf, and need to be gradually strengthened.

    THE CURE:

    Go here.....

    The Good Feet Store
    3509 Fair Oaks Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA 95864
    At the corner of Fair Oaks and Watt
    Local: (916) 972-8319

    Walk in and tell them you want custom orthotics for Plantar Fasciitus. Bad news is they're not cheap. They're a couple hundred bucks, but they work and they work quickly! Don't let them talk you into both sets of orthotics unless you have the cash. The main set is all you need to heal. They must be inserted into a non-arch tennis shoe, so you might have to get a new pair of shoes also. I recommend the New Balance, which they sell right there. They will try and tell you that your Vibrams caused this problem because they know you can't put inserts into Vibrams.....hence they don't make money. I would let the Vibrams rest for a few weeks until you're pain free, then SLOWLY transition back to wearing them.

    Don't waste your time rolling your feet around on frozen water bottles or tennis balls because it will provide very little temporary relief. The boots you wear at night are expensive and don't work very well.
  • calibro

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    Dec 08, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    if only there were some pain medication that was icy to numb the pain away then hot to take away the cold...
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    Dec 08, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    I get that too sometimes when doing calves. It's not bad enough for me to go to the docs though. I think it's kind of like a tendon snapping in and out of place. Probably no big deal but what do i know lolicon_confused.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 09, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said...The most common complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in the heel of the foot....

    http://www.plantar-fasciitis.org/

    http://www.kingbrand.com/Plantar_Fasciitis_Treatment.php?REF=M_PlantarFasciitis.X
    That is something that I am currently experiencing in my right foot. I have had to sideline my running until after a doctor's appointment on 01-03-13. I am not going to take anymore chances with this plantar fascitis. The stabbing feelings can get unbearable at times.
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    Dec 10, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    The doctor won't help you. They'll tell you to roll your foot on a frozen water bottle and give you some exercises that don't work. I'm telling you, read my post above for a quick and easy cure.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 11, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidSounds like nerve impingement that is activated when you do plantar flexion.



    Stop the running and give yourself time to heal. And also, no more wearing stilettos for extended periods of time. I know, I know. They're sexy but trust me, not good.












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    I have never worn stilettos and never will because I am a man, not a woman.
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    What youre describing sounds like a cyclist's hot foot but you didn't say you're cycling. Anyway here's a brief description.

    http://davebyers.blogspot.ca/2009/05/hot-foot.html
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    Dec 11, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    Sometimes a chiropractor can examine your foot for maybe $40 and adjust it so that it can heal properly. I don't have the same problem, but I had him traction my foot by pulling and treatment. My foot is all better. So it saves on a doctor who may want X-rays, pills, etc.
  • DanOmatic

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    Dec 11, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    Is it primarily in the space between the ball of your foot and your toes? I have experienced something similar after running for a while in minimal shoes (both for running on the road and on trails), probably exacerbated by the fact that I've been working on changing my running form to be more "foot forward". I think it's just a matter of the tendons being a bit strained.

    Though not a Vibram Five Finger enthusiast, I'm not going to knock the fact that you use them, but will suggest that there may be a connection between them and what you're experiencing. Some people just need a bit more padding in their shoes.
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    Dec 11, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    In a cute sentence: your feet are weak and you didn't ease them into the Five Fingers. DOH.

    It'll get better. Back off a bit, and allow your feet to adapt. The proprioception and the flexibility is increased in the Five Fingers, and..they're doing just what they're supposed to: strengthening your feet.

    Unless you had bleeding / bruising you almost certainly do not have a tendon, ligament, or muscle tear. It's just a minor pull because you weren't as careful as you needed to be. Your body is telling you to ease into it.

    You could go see a doctor, but, given that you don't have insurance, and a MRI, along with some functions test is what would be needed to figure out what happened, it's probably not worth the effort. Even after a MRI, a doctor would likely say it'll be fine, unless something tore (which likely didn't if you didn't have bleeding) the doctor will do nothing other than tell you to rest it and to exercise more caution next time.

    Back off. Let your feet adapt, or, put the Five Fingers back in the closet.

    You'll be just fine.

    If it doesn't calm down after you back off a bit, you'll want to see a physical therapist who can look at your body mechanics. Almost all of us do something that aggravates something (I always tweak my left anterior shoulder with turning heavy dumbbells.)