Hi All - I started running barefoot about 2 1/2 years ago. In June I got a massage and heard/felt some nasty cracking in my foot. I've not been able to run since. My joint on the 2nd toe has been swollen since June and I have discomfort that ranges from moderate pain to mild discomfort on the top of my food in the same area. Anti-inflammatory, ice, nor heat help. I visited a podiatrist today for the 3rd time. He says there has been some slight improvement, but thinks it's Freiberg's Infraction. In the past, he didn't think it had anything to do with BF running, but now he thinks I might have weakened my bones/joints. He plans to research a procedure to clean up the joint so more blood can get to it and start healing it. In the meantime, he wants me to wear a little foam pad in my shoe behind the ball of my foot to distribute the pressure (wore a boot for six weeks with no real change). I found lots of info on shod running boards about Freiberg's that make it sound serious. Any advise from the BF Gurus?