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« on: October 24, 2010, 01:17:03 AM »

I've been running in my VFF's for about a month now. During a couple of my workouts this past week, I've felt a pop in the arch of my right foot, followed by a dull pain. Instead of stopping, I slow down to a walk, and the pain goes away after a couple of minutes. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience or if anyone has any advice? Oh and I don't have any post-workout pain besides the normal.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 11:11:38 AM »

Is it a pop?  Or more like a sharp stabbing pain?  It might be plantar faciitis.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 11:19:49 AM »

Is it a pop?  Or more like a sharp stabbing pain?  It might be plantar faciitis.

It's a pop. And the pain isn't bad enough for me to stop. After walking for a couple minutes it goes away.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2010, 12:30:38 PM »

I had something similar happen two or three times while running in VFFs.  It would also happen while running in my cheap running shoes.  For me, it was the plantar faciia stretching (not sure if it was a micro-tear), but it would go away after a few seconds.  It wasn't painful enough for me to stop, but I would do plantar stretches when I finished running.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2010, 01:32:35 PM »

I had something similar happen two or three times while running in VFFs.  It would also happen while running in my cheap running shoes.  For me, it was the plantar faciia stretching (not sure if it was a micro-tear), but it would go away after a few seconds.  It wasn't painful enough for me to stop, but I would do plantar stretches when I finished running.

Thank you for your wisdom. Stuff like this, is what makes this site so great. I'm going to look it up, but where did you find stretches that worked for you? Also, which ones worked the best for you?
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2010, 05:40:36 PM »

My two favorite are the standing calf stretch and the towel pickup.  Both are near the bottom of the following page:

http://www.drarchik.com/diagnosing-heel-pain.htm

The towel pickup is also good for top of the foot pain, which some folks on this site have been plagued with a couple of months into their VFF running.

PF seems to plague some folks who've recently transitioned to barefoot running because the plantar fasciia is getting used to supporting the weight of the entire body.  In some cases, it can be aggravated by heel striking while minimalist running.  Just continue to take it nice and easy with your VFF transition.

If you want to build up more foot strength, try running up stairs or a hill once in a while.  That engages the muscles and tendons on the top of the foot and also encourages landing on the pad of the forefoot.
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2010, 10:11:40 PM »

Thank you much.
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2010, 11:40:27 PM »

You're welcome!  Let us know if that works for you.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2010, 07:15:52 PM »

I just dug out my wife's resistance bands and I'm going to try them out tonight. I'll go running in the morning and see how things go. Thanks again.
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2010, 11:45:40 PM »

the "popping" sound is likely a cavitation of one of the many joints of the foot.  as you start to strain the foot differently and start to strengthen the arch, you can easily get releases from the foot.  as a chiropractor i get all kinds of sounds from patient's feet.  personally i had issues with my cuboid and i can tell you exactly when it shifts.

the plantar fascia itself should not make any kind of noise.  strain on it can pull on the calcanius....causing movement/release/cavitation.
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2010, 09:59:51 PM »

the "popping" sound is likely a cavitation of one of the many joints of the foot.  as you start to strain the foot differently and start to strengthen the arch, you can easily get releases from the foot.  as a chiropractor i get all kinds of sounds from patient's feet.  personally i had issues with my cuboid and i can tell you exactly when it shifts.

the plantar fascia itself should not make any kind of noise.  strain on it can pull on the calcanius....causing movement/release/cavitation.

It's not actually a sound, it's a feeling. I haven't had it since the day before I started this post. Thanks jmijares for the stretches, by the way. It has stopped, but is it something that could or will come back Booch?
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2010, 10:15:10 PM »

It's not actually a sound, it's a feeling. I haven't had it since the day before I started this post. Thanks jmijares for the stretches, by the way. It has stopped, but is it something that could or will come back Booch?

Mine came back once, but only because I took a three week break from running in VFFs.  However, it only happened once during my run.  One additional thing I like to do which has helped a lot is grasping golfballs, and tennis balls with my toes.  I have a little bit of trouble grasping the tennis ball with my toes, but the grasping and lifting helps a lot.
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2010, 08:04:38 AM »

Mine came back once, but only because I took a three week break from running in VFFs.  However, it only happened once during my run.  One additional thing I like to do which has helped a lot is grasping golfballs, and tennis balls with my toes.  I have a little bit of trouble grasping the tennis ball with my toes, but the grasping and lifting helps a lot.

Cool, thanks,  I'll grab some golf balls today amongst my travels.
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