burning pain in ball of foot and toes

I am 52 years old and have no chronic health problems. I am trying to get in shape for a hike I am planning later this year. I have been walking 5 miles/day, three times/week. I wear my backpack, that currently has ~20 pounds in it. I plan to work up to 40 pounds. I am wearing hiking boots that I bought last summer, that I had no problem with. This year, however, I am having an intense, burning-like pain that begins after about 2.5 miles. The pain starts in the ball of my foot (left foot>right foot) and extends to the three middle toes. The pain is relieved somewhat by curling my toes under as I walk or stretching them out. The pain is completely relieved when I stop walking. This will never do on the hike I have planned! Can you help?

Posted By Karen on March 13, 2005 at 13:38:49:

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