I have poorly feet, Well to be honest I have been struggling with pain in the balls of my feet for ages, especially over long runs. It was getting to the point that any walk over 2-3km was beginning to hurt unless I strapped my feet up. My runs have got less frequent and although I am still running every week I have to say I was beginning to not enjoy them. Blisters were plaguing me every long walk and run.
The day after my runs I was aching all over, this I put down to menopause and getting older, being quite arthritic anyway.
So yesterday I went to see a sport podiatrist. The good news in my mind is there is something wrong. I am not just getting old, which has been a great relief to find out. It was an hours appointment and quite technical. So at the end I said please explain in the easiest of terms and he was so patient with me he sat down and drew my feet and toes on a piece of paper and explained what was happening.
Unfortunately I have three problems. One, my big toes don’t move when in motion. I can move them brilliantly when in the air but as soon as the foot hits the floor the big toes lock flat to the floor. This mean I don’t push off from my toes. So then my natural neutral foot tries to compensate by twisting out and trying to get the rest of my toes on the floor to push off with. The second Injury is the inflammation this causes the second toe as it wasn't built for that sort of pressure. I also have a slight Morton neuroma
I know, just shoot me really 😂😂😂😂. The pain the next day is caused by my calves, and hamstrings being forced into a different position to run and walk and obviously they complain the next day.
The solution, custom made orthotics. This will help to keep my feet in the correct position as I walk and run. I had my feet scanned yesterday and they will be ready in a few weeks. Then I have to let my body adjust to them slowly. I will have to learn to run again and he has said that the C25k is just the right amount of progression increases to get me used to running in orthotics.
One of my reasons for posting on this forum is because I wanted to ask a genuine question that I am wondering and I know on the other forums there might not be enough experience to answer this is the clinical way.
Do you think my toe not being able to push off the way it is supposed to would be something that is hindering my pace? I am fine with being slow but I just have faint glimmer of hope that this might make me faster, what do you think?