Runners Notes
By Heather Cass Erie Times-News staff blogger
If you want to know anything about the local running scene, ask Heather Cass. A member of the Erie Runners Club for 10-plus years, she is immersed in the local fitness culture, and she's taking your questions.   Read more about this blog.
Posts tagged ‘arch’
Posted: February 2nd, 2010


I have a few recurring foot injuries that crop up from time to time. I’ve never been officially diagnosed or sought professional help because, frankly, I don’t know where to go (or if my insurance will cover it) and both problems typically go away with rest…which would indicate that they are overuse injuries.

One is a morton’s neuroma (my self-diagnosis) and involves an incredibly sharp/pinching pain between the third and fourth toes on one foot. I notice that this happens most often if I wear shoes that are too tight for me. It typically takes a day or two to subside.

The other recurring injury is a pain in my inside arch of the foot — something I’m suffering through right now. I felt it coming on 1/2 way through a 6 mile run on Sunday (following a 10-miler on Saturday).

Googling around and checking my symptoms would lead me to believe it’s posterial tibial tendonitis. It calls for rest, ice and compression as a first step in treatment — that’s always worked in the past. It’s hard for me to do nothing (and I mean nothing…aerobics hurts, walking hurts, standing hurts) for days on end, but…with complete rest it usually goes away within a week.

I’m hoping the cause of the PTT is wearing my high heel boots I’ve come to love this winter. I’m praying it’s not something more…or a more permanent problem.

For now, I rest….restlessly.

Posted in: Injuries, Motivation

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