YANMD - Is my crazy foot pain arthritis, or running related?
June 14, 2014 5:18 AM Subscribe
I recently took up running. Three days after my last run I was struck with crazy pain in my foot which has never really gone away. Snowflake details inside.
posted by Brodiggitty to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
Inspired by my wife’s incredible pledge to get fit since the New Year, I decided to take up running at 30 after a decade of sedentary life. I bought proper running shoes. I did not push myself very hard at all at first. I probably got 6 runs in over three weeks, each of maybe 3 km.
On my last run, two weeks ago, I noticed joint pain in my LEFT knee the moment I left the door. I ran through that. I'd also had some neck pain in the previous days. Like a stiff neck.
The knee pain was slightly noticeable the following day (Tuesday). On Thursday, mid-afternoon, I got some crazy joint pain in my RIGHT knee and especially my foot. By Thursday night it felt like a cramp in my foot that would not go away. Tylenol helped a bit, but the pain stuck around for a full seven days. I was limping three days, and noticing the pain after that but not limping.
Last night around supper (the eighth day after the pain first struck) I noticed the pain was pretty much gone. And then it came back with a vengeance out of nowhere and I’m still feeling it this morning. I’m limping.
I’m trying to figure out if this is running related, or if it’s arthritis, or what. The pain struck 3 days after my last run, so I can’t see it being directly tied to running. I have not run since for fear of making it flare up.
There was an intense low pressure system that moved into our area around the time I got the first intense pain in my foot. It’s calling for rain again tonight.
My dad, who is in his mid-fifties, has bad arthritis in his knees after a lifetime of working construction.
The pain seems to be centered in the arch of my foot. What the heck is going on?