I'd like to ask about some pain I have been experiencing in the last few weeks, the story goes like this: I started Eric's strength training about a month and a half ago, with slant board exercises with ski poles. A the same time, I started running -- re-starting after a 4 months stop due to ITB -- with Vibram FiveFingers (KSO) following directions from the book.
During a holiday, a few weeks ago, I found myself with the only option of trail for running, and although KSO are not really good for that I gave it a try. It was predictably painful, but manage to run my 5-6km. I was also very happy about it.
A couple of days after, however, I started feeling a pain under the foot, in the top central part of the foot ball a bit underneath the fingers and that has sort of preventing me from doing the slant board exercises. Funny enough, if I try with the stability disk I have no pain. I also noticed a small callus in about the same position.
The pain manifests itself even when I walk, and I can notice it even when I run but after a while it sort of feathers back. By virtue of that, I didn't have to stop running and actually I have been ramping up mileage (up to 9km now).
Some googling around various sources of information seem to indicate it may be tarsalgia, and it would make sense to think this is due to the VFF enforcing a new movement of the feet and muscles not able to fully support them yet.
My questions are: has anyone experienced anything similar? In that case, what did you do? Any particular remedy to recommend?
Any information is more than welcome.
Thanks for your reply Lori,
as far as I can see (and feel), running in place is the same as running, I take particular care in ensuring I land on the forefoot as mentioned in Eric's book.
I don't quite understand your argument around flexing the knee, nor I understand what you mean by 'opening' the hips. The visualization does not help either, unfortunately, any chance you can elaborate a bit more on it or can provide some pointers to sources of information?
Thanks in advance.