Help With Metatarsal Pain / Initial feeling of "wadded up" sock or insole

Help With Metatarsal Pain / Initial feeling of "wadded up" sock or insole

Post by Jason Neufel » Thu, 26 Mar 1998 04:00:00


I started jogging only a few months ago and have worked up to only about
3 miles a day. I bought some ASICS to run in and soon after started
having pain around my 2nd toe every time I would run. It first only
bothered me when running, but gradually began hurting all the time. I
switched to some New Balance shoes, but the pain persisted and I stopped
running all together. Today I ran one mile for the first time in a week
and the pain immediately returned.

One thing that I found on the web describes a symptom I had been
feeling:

Metatarsal Stress Syndrome
"Some people describe the early sensation as feeling as if their socks
have "wadded up" under the ball of the foot."

This is exactly the sensation I had before the serious pain started in.
Like my sock or insole had bunched up near my arch.

What can I do to relieve the pain and prevent it from returning in the
future? Is the "wadded up" symptom unique to Metatarsal Stress Syndrome?
Are there other injuries that could result in the symptoms I mentioned?

All help is greatly appreciated.

Jason Neufeld

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Help With Metatarsal Pain / Initial feeling of "wadded up" sock or insole

Post by Denny Anders » Fri, 27 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I would suggest looking up "Morton's Neuroma" on the web. Also try Dr.
Pribut(t) (sp ?) as he has a web page which adresses sports injuries.

Not that you necessarily have MN, but the symptoms fit.

MN, or its precursor, is a pinched nerve between metatarsal bones. If
the wearer's shoes are too tight in the forefoot, the lateral pressure
during footfall and pushoff can cause the nerve to be aggravated with
every step. Calcification then occurs, over time, as a protective
measure, near the ijury sight. If shoes which are properly sized and
cushioned are used at this point (after calcification), the problem
still continues because the nerve and metatarsals separation has been
decreased by the bodies protective response. Even shoes with a wider
forefoot area won't help until the injury sight has healed a bit.

My advice - see a sports podiatrist. Ultrasound therapy is step one.
If the problem is easily reversable, that may do it. I had 16
sessions, twice a week, for a couple of months.

Next step (if it has to go further) is custom orthotics.

The fact that you laid -off for a while and the pain came back
immediately does strongly suggest MN to me. So, do some homework. I
could easily have messed up some of the terminology, but I didn't
forget the pain and continuous aggravation.

Good luck,

Denny A.

Quote:

>I started jogging only a few months ago and have worked up to only about
>3 miles a day. I bought some ASICS to run in and soon after started
>having pain around my 2nd toe every time I would run. It first only
>bothered me when running, but gradually began hurting all the time. I
>switched to some New Balance shoes, but the pain persisted and I stopped
>running all together. Today I ran one mile for the first time in a week
>and the pain immediately returned.

>One thing that I found on the web describes a symptom I had been
>feeling:

>Metatarsal Stress Syndrome
>"Some people describe the early sensation as feeling as if their socks
>have "wadded up" under the ball of the foot."

>This is exactly the sensation I had before the serious pain started in.
>Like my sock or insole had bunched up near my arch.

>What can I do to relieve the pain and prevent it from returning in the
>future? Is the "wadded up" symptom unique to Metatarsal Stress Syndrome?
>Are there other injuries that could result in the symptoms I mentioned?

>All help is greatly appreciated.

>Jason Neufeld

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 Denny Anderson

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