Alix J. Shutello
It is safe to say that for the last two months I have not been training. I have been dealing with the heat and cross training by cycling, swimming, tennis, and yoga. Randomly, when I wake up in the morning it feels like there is a bubble in my right foot. I’ve been ignoring of course, because it doesn’ t hurt….or at least it didn’t until this morning.
When I got out of be this morning my foot hurt and the “bubble” on the bottom of my foot was more like a balloon.
As you can see, my right foot is looking a little funky. So, like any athlete, I chose to try to diagnose myself first before going to the doctor….because I’ll need to before I start training for my next half marathon next week.
So you go online and type in “pain in ball of foot.” You get a lot of things, including the site, wrongdiagnosis.com, and you’ll see that there 422 causes of foot swelling…great.
I decided not to stay on wrongdiagnosis but concentrated on looking at metatarsalgia, or 2nd metatarsal pre-dislocation syndrome. After reading about the condition this “appeared” right. In reading about a condition on another site about a person with seemingly the same problem, this person, Pete, had pain and swelling under the second toe of one of his feet.
Technically, according to http://www.zfootdoc.com/newpage16.htm, Pete “is bearing more weight on the second joint that it was mechanically designed to handle. In his case he has a small bunion. It was just big enough that the first joint (behind the big toe) was bearing less weight than it was designed for. It is a side effect of bunions and a few other conditions. The joint capsule responded by blowing up like a little water balloon. In this case a painful water balloon that hurts from the inside.”
And of course, there are videos galore on how to treat metatarsalgia. I took a look at http://www.ehow.com/video_6561849_treat-metatarsalgia.html to decrease some pain. However, but I need to go see my podiatrist or physcial therapist.
And so should you…..