BOFP

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  1. lonewillheath

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    OK, I read a lot about Top Of Foot Pain (TOFP), but what about Bottom Of Foot Pain (BOFP)? I am a MR, and have logged about 500 miles in VFF-KSOs. I usually run on "well-behaved" surfaces, such as one finds in greenbelts and urban trails. Two days ago, I did a "forest trail run", which was very rocky, and though the KSOs protect against lacerations and abrasions, I have had a lot of BOFP due to the rocks I eventually stepped upon (scanning ahead was to choose the lessor of several evils), and when I could get to grass, there was the inevitable sharp stick hidden in the blades.

    Needless to say, the bottoms of my feet feel like they have been beat up pretty badly. My questions for the forum are: do you "run through" this type of foot pain? do you let it heal before running again? how does one manage such issues?

    BTW, this is not PF pain (I have had that before), this is more general around the bottoms of the feet, which I notice after this pulverizing run, and similar to the general stiffness I feel throughout the bottoms of my feet after a 10 mile run on asphalt and concrete.

    Your insights are appreciated,

    Mark
     
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    Hi Mark,If you have brusied

    Hi Mark,

    If you have brusied the bottom of your feet it can be painful. I would give it a rest for a week just to see if the pain goes away. I think that is always the best course of action. Pushing through pain usually leads to other complications as barefoot and miminalsit running is a lot more unforgiving when it comes to being balanced when you run.

    It sounds that you may have been landing a bit heavily to get that brusing. That is one of the drawbacks of wearing VFF's. If you have been barefoot on such a surface you would have run a lot slower and lighter.

    I understand now why Ken Bob says start by running barefoot, he says that so you learn respect for the surface you are running on. With shoes on of any kind you don't build up that respect and you run too hard and you do't have the right kind of form.

    I have some VFF's but I use them only as a last resort, I also know how to run correctly now (after nearly 2 years).

    So, be conservative and cautious, rest first rather than risk injury.

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    I think Neil covered it all. 

    I think Neil covered it all. I echo his words, and say the bruising pain you are experiencing will go away. You can run on it, but the pain could alter your gait, which could lead to some other injury. It's best to wait until you can run pain-free again.

    Welcome, Mark!
     
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  4. NakedSoleNate

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    this is one way true BF is

    this is one way true BF is better ;-) on rocky terrain, your feet conform to the rocks if you let them relax, and stone brusing doesn't happen that often :-D...feet can't really "melt" around the surfaces in any type of shoe. But, yeah, you probably have some stone brusies...it'll hurt, but heal faster if you massage them out.
     
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    Nate, I feel the same way

    Nate, I feel the same way man!
     
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  6. lonewillheath

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    Thanks for the insights and

    Thanks for the insights and suggestions. Not ready for BFR yet, though I have tried it once (too much weathered concrete!). The comment about running with pain affecting your gait, and that possibly leading to other injuries was a particularly good reminder.

    Thanks again,

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    Mark, i too started in vff.

    Mark,



    i too started in vff. i never and i mean never thought i would go bf. i did it by accident, my huaraches couldn't nake it in the mud. once bf i was like wth? why did i wait so long? they are that different. if you have concrete to slow you down then thats a sign that you need to take it easy and go slow.



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