Foot Strain? Advice please.

I am a 34 year old, 5' 11", 170lbs, weekend warrior (male) -- more biking and swimming than running. I do some yoga and one-legged, unweighted squats for anaerobic leg training.

I think I have strained my left foot. It roughly feels like the foot is "over spreading" when I put weight on it. The pain (3 on a scale of 1 (none) to 10 (death)) is felt on the bottom of my foot just posterior to the arch -- maybe it's the beginning of the arch. It's definitely forward of the heel.

Here's how my imagination pictures the problem:
I imagine that the five parallel bones in my foot are held together by rubber bands (ligaments) running perpendicular to the bones and when I put weight on the foot, those rubber bands keep the five bones from spreading apart too far. It feels like those rubberbands are "tired" and when I put weight on it, the rubberbands are protesting.

I have no idea if this is an accurate view of how the foot is held together, but that's what it feels like.

The pain is most noticable first thing in the morning and tends to be nonexistent by bed time.

My questions are:
- Is this a common problem, like a heel spur?
- Is there a brace that I can wear (like my epi-lock for tennis elbow) to help the problem?
- How can I possibly rest it long enough for it to heal, if I have to walk on it everyday?

Thank you for your help.

Kind Regards,

Posted By Reid on March 26, 2004 at 14:47:21:

Lined with soft fabric on both sides, this ~2mm thick SiliposŪ proprietary gel pad is an excellent cushion to help relieve the burning sensation and discomfort of the five metatarsal heads of the foot (the ball-of-foot) by protecting the ball of foot from repeated friction and abrasion with the shoes.

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