I am a runner training for the NYCM. I have been running for almost 10 years and my largest distance so far has been 24k. I have very high arches and wear cushioning shoes as recommended for my foot type. However, I have been experiencing excruciating pain in the middle-top section of the third and fourth toes (counting from the thumb) of my left foot. What would you recommend?
I would see a Podiatrist since you are a long distance runner. You may have a condition known as Morton's neuroma or there could be some bone abnormality. I would recommend an x-ray. I would also consider custom arch supports/orthotic devices and possibly physical therapy.
Marc Katz, DPM
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