Marathon Training Day 473: What is this Lingering Foot Injury?

Amica Seattle Marathon 2013

On December 1st of 2013 I ran my first marathon, the Seattle Marathon. This was a bucket list item so finishing it felt great. However I appear to have a lingering injury on my right foot. Specifically the injury is within my right foot.

Although I am not a medical doctor I do not believe the foot is broken or fractured because the pain is not every day. Furthermore, I am not even sure if it qualifies as pain… perhaps discomfort is a more accurate and less dramatic description. It does not alter my ability to walk or stand and the discomfort is not a sharp/biting pain. The discomfort level feels more like a bruise that reappears every few days.

The foot injury is located right behind the toe joints for the middle three toes on my right foot. My guess is that this is plantar fasciitis, but that is just a guess for this foot injury. I have been resting since my epic December 1st marathon run in Seattle… yet this injury remains. This lingering injury has contributed to me not running since the marathon… and it existed a few weeks before running the Seattle Marathon.

Until I get this foot injury figured out I will not register for half or full marathons this year.

Because it does not hurt everyday I am unsure what to do… If my insurance paid for a physical therapist I would do that. What foot injuries have you had from running (or in general)? How did you treat them?

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6 thoughts on “Marathon Training Day 473: What is this Lingering Foot Injury?

  1. I ran Seattle last year – that course is TOUGH! Beautiful though. I’ve had similar foot pain and find that a good sports massage helped. Have you ever tried one?

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