Problem in Paradise

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    Well, I've been away from this place for way too long. I had a good year last year. In spite of all the DNFs I accomplished a lot. First (and second) ultra, first time associating with the local "fast runners" group, first (official) marathon and in spite of all my bitching about not qualifying Boston, I did come within 10 min of the qualifying time.

    Well I'm sure we all had wonderful winters. The tundra hasn't quite left yet. Thawing out of hibernation, however, I've been experiencing this annoying issue with my left foot. It's probably because I have Morton's toes (I don't know where mine went, probably Morton has them) but the base of the toe next to my big toe feels swollen and tender underfoot. It feels lumpy and hurts like a bruise when I walk.

    The pain subsides when I run. Probably from the natural endorphin kicking in. But the pain resumes with greater intensity afterwards. Has anyone had this issue? Does it sound like just a bruise or the beginning of something more sinister, like a metatarsal stress fracture? This is low intensity pain that I have little trouble running through, but should I? Or should I see the dreaded podiatrist, who's gonna ask me various personal questions and prescribe orthics or worse?

    Let me know what your opinion is. Please share if you had similar issues. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Welcome, back! Please feel free to post this in the Ask the Docs forum too. I'll move it to the Health forum with a redirect that will expire in one day, so please find it there.
     
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    Thanks TJ.
     
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    Wow! That's a lot of information. Thanks.
     
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    I'm not sure how mid-foot strike translates to barefoot running. Is it characterized by the fact that you bring your heel down after the initial forefoot contact with the ground?
     
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    I found this from Vivobarefoot/Lee Saxby.
    http://trainingclinic.vivobarefoot....oception-Making_Sense_of_Barefoot_Running.pdf
    From page 7, I get the sense that a midfoot landing has bodyweight distributed across the heel and forefoot during running.

    The sprinting diagram seems to suggest the forefoot landing with a light tap of the heel, or none at all.

    Also, I've noticed that when running on soft trails, that I tend to land more midfoot. It seems that the Gait Guys are a suggesting that a midfoot landing is less technically demanding, and might be easier for those with forefoot problems.
     
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    Thanks Sid. That exercise is proving to be an absolute killer.
     
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    Another midfoot landing video
     

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