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Foot pain

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by sts, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. sts

    sts Guest


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    I am 31 years old and weigh 280 at 6'1" tall. I just started jogging and running. I am sure that I started out too rough and because of that I have a decent amount of pain on my left foot. The pain is on the outside (side) of the foot and a little on the bottom and is close to being directly down from the ankle, but is about 1/2" in front of that region.

    It only hurts when I walk on it and am afraid that I did something that will put me out for a while. Is there a rule of thumb to see if it is just strained or if it is broken. I know nothing can be told without an xray, but I am currently out of a job and didn't want to have to go to the doctor.

    Thank you
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

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    A skillful examination by an appropriately knowledgeable person might be second best, but only an x-ray or other radiologic test can give you the definitive answer you need and desire. When in doubt, treat it as if to assume the worst until a diagnosis can be rendered. Although I don't and can't know enough about your individual situation to make anything other than generic recommendations, these would generally include the avoidance of weight-bearing and the employing of elevation along with carefully monitored cold applications and compression if there is swelling, at least until an actual professional examination can be made.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  3. It is easy to be impatient with your progress when you first start running. It takes at least 6 weeks of regular easy running over short distances before you can safely start to push it. During that time your body is adapting to the stress and growing better able to deal with the trauma that occurs while running. If you do too much too soon then injury is often the result.

    While there are a few different things that may be causing your pain the most likely are either a strain of the tendon of the peroneal muscles or a calcaneal stress fracture. As you can imagine the prognosis and treatment of these conditions are significantly different. That is why you need someone to diagnose your problem accurately. I doubt this will require an x-ray but you need to see someone who treats sports injuries of the foot. A Podiatrist would be the best bet.

    Rest Ice Compression and Elevation is always a good standby until you are able to get it seen to. If there is no improvement with self treatment within two weeks then you really need it to be seen by a medical professional.
     
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