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#1 of Old 06-13-2008, 03:12 PM - Thead Starter
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I've started to have intense, exercise related, pain in the ball of my left foot. It is very pronounced after I've been riding the exercise bike for a while. It bothers me some when walking or running, but nothing like on the bike.

I found I've developed a callus there on the sole of my foot, right where my foot hits the clutch in my car. (Driving in L.A. has become quite painful -- in a whole other way from the usual pain of driving in L.A. )

I've had to cut way back on my training, (right in the middle of VRAA!), and I don't have the faintest idea what's going on. Is the callus the problem?

If anyone has any experience with this kind of thing, I'd be grateful to hear about it.
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Wear different shoes on the bike.

I often get hot spots on the ball of my foot from long runs and long bike rides (I dont have clipless pedals).
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Thanks, muzicgrl, I tried that earlier in the week, but the shoes didn't seem to make any difference. I'm taking a break from the bike for a while, and I'm in a lot of pain today, so I'm taking a complete rest day.
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Do you ever wear heels? Does it feel like that kind of pain in the ball?

I think it is possible plantar fasciatis could show up like this also.
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I've had pain similar to that when running--not recently, though. The podiatrist first said it was metatarsalgia and suggested some kind of cushioning pads for the balls of my feet. They have them in drug stores--something like gel pads.

That didn't seem to help, so he looked into the possibility of Morton's Neuroma. The symptoms are often similar, although the cause might be different. I can't remember how he made the diagnosis since it was several years ago, but he injected cortisone and I haven't had a problem with it since.

Might be worth checking w/ your podiatrist if the pain doesn't go away. This is the ONLY foot condition I've ever had that was completely resolved by a cortisone shot.
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Sounds like it may be Morton's Neuroma. I have it, and I have similar symptoms. Had a cort shot a year ago that helped a lot.
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I'm going to second Morton's toe. I had it 15? years ago and my doctor said when the patient mentions "driving" as painful. Then he said short women is a big factor. ????

I stopped wearing heels and I moved up 1/2 size in all shoes and eventually it went away.
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I have this problem in both feet after about 20km, I have metatarsal pads on my orthotics, and it's not really helping. I had a morton's neuroma removed about 10 years ago. I think I've just got bad conformation in my feet. Don't know whether to try a cortisone shot but since it's the whole ball of my feet, where would it go, I wonder.

I'm so over it.

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place the pads under the big toe joint and remove the pads from under the other toes....trust me. just try it!
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Toe Jam, just getting back into running after 6 months off. I had just recovered from bursitis in my knee, and I fell in a hole the dog had dug in the backyard. Tore my plantar fascia.

Just wanted to let you know that I tried your suggestion above, and on Sunday night I ran 22km with absolutely no foot pain. No burning in the ball of the foot, no hobbling the last third of the run.

I guess it's only a sample size of one, and I'll be heading out for more long runs in the next month or so, but the difference was amazing.

Thank you!!
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Oh, glad you're on the road to recovery!

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