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For the last few days I've been having some soreness in the side of my right big toe right where it joins the foot. (Think the part of the foot that an NFL kicker would use to kick a football.)<br><br>
Another member here pointed out that the symptoms sound a lot like <a href="http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/toeproblems/a/toeproblems_5.htm" target="_blank">turf toe</a><br><br>
Any other distance runner ever deal with this? I'll admit I did a lot of miles in November (nearly 260) and unfortunately most of them were on pavement.
 

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EQ--- Not too tough of a fix. Take some anti-inflammatoryies and do some strong massage on the tops and bottoms of your feet. Also, along your shin bones (if you have one, The Stick works great here, but hurts like hell!)
 

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Make sure your dress shoes/casual shoes are sized appropriately.<br><br>
When you are doing as many miles as you are, when you put on your dress/casual shoes after a run, well, your feet are swollen.
 

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If all that doesn't work - Start drinking Absolut Vodka before your runs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Of course with Grapefruit juice - We want you to stay healthy and all -
 

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could also be halluxs limitus or rigidus...not that it matters a whole lot, tx is same. My podiatrist said I had no arthritis and when he yanked on it he said I had no range of motion problems. My PT disagreed. (but, they both 'could' be right as I saw the pod dr. when it was problematic and throbbing at night, so it was traumatized, I saw the PT months later)<br><br>
I heard for some people just cutting out the big toe area of the shoe pad helps. The thing is to prevent toe-off. dropping the big toe lower in the shoe prevents you from starting to avoid toe-off on your runs and then you start to run on your outsoles to prevent jamming the toe, and then you end up with other problems. There is also taping for turf toe, but do you really want to tape before every run? I also have a friend with hallux rigidus that put a metal orthodic so he "can't" push off.
 

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Ironically, I'm battling the opposite problem - I've had a case of sand toe since mid-September. Apparently, this injury is prevalent in beach volleyball types (or people who end up dragging their big toe on the carpet before stubbing it on a couch leg, like I did <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> )<br><br>
It hasn't affected me really run-wise in terms of pain, but it does feel like I'm getting little push-off with the affected foot because of it and I think that's contributing to my overwork issues with the opposite leg.<br><br>
I'll be going into the doc in a couple weeks to see what my options are, as this thing has been awfully slow to heal (my ROM has only marginally gotten better as weeks have passed.)<br><br>
If you think taping your turf toe might help, this site here has a demonstration of how that's done<br><a href="http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/front/foot/turf_toe/taping.php" target="_blank">http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cy...toe/taping.php</a>
 
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