Foot Pain When Running

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A few years ago I was playing basketball in low cut loose running shoes (very stupid thing to do, I know!). Needless to say, at one point I jumped and landed with my right foot completed twisted inwards, at a 90 degree angle to the ground (ouch!) and all my weight pressed into it and I sprained my ankle. I had swelling and pain for many weeks, but eventually it healed–sort of.

There’s no pain when it comes to rotating my ankle; I can twist it any which way as far as I can and I feel no pain at all. However, if I do any running excercises for any length of time over 10 minutes, my right foot starts to feel what I can only describe as very hot, and after about 30 minutes of running my foot just feels terribly hot and it’s difficult to keep running on it. The heat/pain is nowhere specific — seems to be distributed along the foot. As soon as I stop running and take my foot out of the shoe, it instantly feels better.

Can anyone suggest why this might be and a possible remedy for it? Thanks to any help you can provide.

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    Hi Ravi,

    If you didnt go through a course of rehabilitation for your ankle then you probably have significant scar tissue in there. Since you “rehabbed” it with normal daily activity, the scar tissue has be resolved for normal daily activity. Adding the higher demands of exercise now puts tension and stress on the remaining scar tissue and it tears and becomes inflammed (hence the heat).

    I suggest going to a physio and getting it properly rehabbed for sport. You will need measured loads and stretches and icing but eventually you should be able to run pain-free again.

    Good Luck,


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    Not sure about the burning but foot pain that occurs when you describe (up to years later, only after running some distance) is often due to cuboid syndrome. This also matches in that it follows a twisting injury to the foot. Treatment involves manipulating cuboid back in place. Not usually found in medical texts but articles avail. in leading sports journals. It may require a med search.


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