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Inflammation caused by barefoot / minimalist running

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Hey there,

for the second time now that I've tried to incorporate more barefoot running / rope skipping into my training, I am experiencing a mad inflammation on the left foot. Exactly the same spot as it was in first place (only that back then, I wasn't even able to walk to a grocery store).

Anybody familiar with that particular issue?

I am thinking "too much too fast" is the cause. Although I've been taking long walks barefoot, this doesn't seem to be just enough to strengthen my feet for barefoot running.

Anything you'ld suggest to help recovery? Thing has been there for 10 long days now and I can't even do split squats w/o worsening the symptoms.

Thanks!

http://i39.tinypic.com/2mo5wsy.jpg (not my foot)

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on July 29, 2013
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Nothing that could be seen from the outside. It is just painful, not swollen or anything. No allergy either. I ran on asphalt in order to train my technique. It is something muscular, I think. Might be the Musculus flexor digitorum longus or so, not sure. I added the picture to show where the pain is located and yes, it is on the top of my foot.

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on August 12, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Barefoot running can lead to a greater likelihood of injury if transition is not slow. Inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon and other foot structures is more likely with barefoot running. Consider transitioning slowly or using a more flexible, lightweight yet supportive running shoe to aid in this process.

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on August 13, 2013
at 12:51 AM

I had the same thing recently. Plantar fasciitis with a heel spur. Bought some http://www.drscholls.com/Products/HeelPainReliefOrthotics the other day and the pain virtually disappeared overnight. You can also google for home remedies like rolling a frozen water bottle with your feet, but that didn't help me any.

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on July 29, 2013
at 05:09 AM

What do you mean by inflammation? A rash, a spot that is sore, a lump that develops? Does the picture mean it's on the top of your foot or is it somewhere else? Are you wearing long pants that rub continuously on one area? What type of terrain are you running on - does it have brush? Could it be Poison Oak/Poison Ivy?

We need more information.

kindest regards Renee Kimball

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on July 29, 2013
at 11:19 AM

Nothing that could be seen from the outside. It is just painful, not swollen or anything. No allergy either. I ran on asphalt in order to train my technique. It is something muscular, I think. Might be the Musculus flexor digitorum longus or so, not sure. I added the picture to show where the pain is located and yes, it is on the top of my foot.

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