Foot pain :(


Since starting running after the marathon, the top of my foot has been sore. I thought it was just because I might have tied my flats too tight or perhaps the chip I raced in pressed into my foot while racing (?).

I ran for about 5 days in the US before leaving for Amsterdam. Now, looking back, I see that even the first entries in my log say "foot hurts", sometimes with an exclamation mark, sometimes without. But the comment is in each entry :(. Guess I didn't think much about it because it didn't hurt that bad, and I assumed it was from tying my race shoes too tight.

Abroad, there was nothing I could really do about it. I just loosened my shoes & dealt with it. Towards the end of the trip, I think it hurt less, so I thought it was healing, whatever it was.

Until yesterday's run. I don't remember noticing it on the run, but afterwards I felt it much more than normal. I ran again today, but stopped multiple times because it hurt a bit. That's the first time the pain has concerned me enough to make me stop a workout... Nate took one look at it tonight and brought an ice pack. It's swollen (hasn't been before, I don't think) and a little discolored. Great.

So, I emailed Jim tonight to see if I could get in for an Xray first thing tomorrow. A quick google search seems to say stress fracture is the probable cause. Otherwise some sort of tendon injury?

Nate reminds me that I can't start thinking one way or the other now, but I can't help it... PLEASE do not let this be another injury. Please, please, PLEASE!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. If the pain's at the fourth metatarsal, stress fracture is the most likely cause. A quick test: fractures hurt if you press on them from more than one angle; if it hurts when you press from above and from below (which may take some doing, to actually get there), it's a break.

    The good news is that discoloration is more common with sprains than breaks. No speedwork, no downhills, run on soft even surfaces, stop when it hurts.

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