bilateral met head pain

I'm a 39year old athletic mother of 3. I was a ballet dancer from ages 11-23 when I was forced to quit due to chronic left great toe sesamoiditis. This problem subsided and I took up running, which did not seem to bother me. I had been a runner until last December. After the birth of my third child due to low back spasms and what I believe to be early signs of disc-related pain, I quit my running routine of 4 miles 3-4x/week. Two months ago I purchased a treadmill and began an intensive walking program. I always walk with some grade of incline and exercise 4-5x/week. Over the last three weeks I have developed bilateral metatarsalgia, especially at the first met heads. I have switched to Saucony shoes, which have eased the pain somewhat, but just walking around is still excrutiating. I have a very high arch and rigid foot , so over-supination rather than over-pronation is a problem for me. I am a physical therapist on an Acute floor and on my feet all day. Do I need to see a podiatrist or can I try something over the counter first? Thanks for the advice in advance. Karen Stevens

Posted By Karen Stevens on May 27, 2002 at 20:34:32:

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