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Hi! I'm 27/male. I've been active in sports my whole life and have always had good health. Last year I decided to get into running competitively, and made a few mistakes early on while pushing too hard in training, this includes a bad pair of shoes that had horrible heel/toe protection, and it lead to me injuring the underside of both feet. Mainly it was the balls of my feet or the metatarsals that hurt the most. At first it felt like a small bruise so I ignored the pain and continued to train hard. After a while I had to cut down on my training significantly due to pain in my left foot. The right one seemed to heal up okay and it doesn't hurt much anymore. Then I had to stop running completely to let it heal. It's been 2 months since I last ran, and I only ran 1-2 times the month prior to that. But my left foot's metatarsals still hurt from time to time, so I know they aren't healed yet. I never went to the doctor due to lack of insurance, but I'm sure they're stress fractured. 3 of them, minus the pinky and big toes. I can sit down and put my foot under me, then lift my heel and push backwards with my toes, similar to "cracking" your kunckles by stretching back the fingers. when I put this kind of pressure on those 3 toes, the pain is significant.

How much longer do you suggest I wait to run? I'm taking it easy by not doing exercises or activities that will aggravate the toes, but I wonder how many more months it will take. Should I get one of those walking boots perhaps? I know you will suggest getting and x-ray done but I can't afford to see a doctor right now with no insurance. Besides I can walk around and do mostly anything without feeling any pain. What do you think?

Thanks for your time.

Dear Max,
This Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618,Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
For your painful foot......
Sounds like metatarsalgia- irritation of the ball of your foot. Try to use a roomy shoe that does not crunch your toes-this will put more pressure on the metatarsal joints. Possibly a metatarsal pad and an orthotic. It would be rare to suffer three stress fractures. It should take @ 3-4 weeks for the metatarsalgia to quiet down. Without some shoe/orthotic modification-the injury will probably return.
Call your local Board Certified podiatrist & tell them you have no insurance & ask what the cash discount is. Try to find an office where the discount is between 25-35%.
Hospitals sometimes offer a 25% no insurance discount.
Hope This Helps!
Good Luck!
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We are located in Chicago & Elmhurst

Dr George Tsatsos & Svetlana Zats
Podiatrist Chicago 60618 & Elmhurst 60126 Podiatrists
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery & Orthopedics
New South Loop Location-Chicago 60661

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Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Foot Problems Clinical Correspondence, June 2002. Vol 92- no. 6 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Paper on Treatment of Delta-Phalanx of the Foot – submitted for publication to Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery & for Fellowship of ACPPS., September, 1998 Sports Medicine Consultant for the book-Triathlon 101 Essentials for Multisport Success by John Mora – 1999 ISBN 0-88011-811-3 Windy City Sports – October 1996 Marathon Issue “Keeping Your Feet Happy” American Running & Fitness Association, Clinic Advisor & Lifetime Member – Editorial Staff since 1990.

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