Bone pain while walking?

So I've been wearing Vibrams on and off for a while now, but I've noticed that when walking, after about the 2nd or 3rd mile the bones in the ball of my foot start to ache. The pain is most like a bruise, so I'm wondering if I'm exerting too much force when stepping on that area. I've attached a couple diagrams to show where in the foot the pain is at:

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The pain I'm feeling this morning, in particular, is right behind the second toe, at the bone joint there.

Did any of you feel that? Did it just go away with time, or is there something I need to change about my form when walking?

Thanks!

edit: I just saw the Morton's Toe thread below mine - I do have a very -slight- Morton's Toe, though not prominent. I suppose I could give that a try, thought I don't like the idea of adding more padding to my VFFs >.<

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  • on 1346013877:
    edit: I just saw the Morton's Toe thread below mine - I do have a very -slight- Morton's Toe, though not prominent. I suppose I could give that a try, thought I don't like the idea of adding more padding to my VFFs >.<


    I just added a clarification to the end of the Morton's Toe thread. :)

    It's the length of your first metatarsal bone in your big toe compared to the length of the first met in your second toe that really makes a difference here, take a look at the diagram of the foot bones on this page link -

    http://www.triggerpointbook.com/mortons.htm

    I got the same pain when I started wearing Vibrams, and yes, always after about 2 miles or so walking on pavement or other flat surface.  The bad news is that even though I've worn nothing but minimal shoes these past two and a half years this same pain will always come to haunt me after a few miles walking on flat smooth surfaces - unless I put something under my big toe met.  :-\ The above website suggests little pads, I prefer strips of tape, lots of possibilities to experiment.

    Some good news though - if I'm walking on some uneven surface, grass, dirt track or gravel, my feet seem just fine without support, not sure if anyone else has found the same? Perfectly flat surfaces are the problem, not my feet...I think I was given "offroad" versions only...  ;D
  • Based on your picture and description of the pain, I would say Morton's Neuroma.  There are many articles out there about this particular Neuroma.  PM me for options after you read up on it a bit.

    on 1346013877:

    So I've been wearing Vibrams on and off for a while now, but I've noticed that when walking, after about the 2nd or 3rd mile the bones in the ball of my foot start to ache. The pain is most like a bruise, so I'm wondering if I'm exerting too much force when stepping on that area. I've attached a couple diagrams to show where in the foot the pain is at:

    7Naex.jpg

    The pain I'm feeling this morning, in particular, is right behind the second toe, at the bone joint there.

    Did any of you feel that? Did it just go away with time, or is there something I need to change about my form when walking?

    Thanks!

    edit: I just saw the Morton's Toe thread below mine - I do have a very -slight- Morton's Toe, though not prominent. I suppose I could give that a try, thought I don't like the idea of adding more padding to my VFFs >.<
  • That's exactly where it hurts in my case. Specially in my left foot. Using the kinesiology tape has helped me a lot. Try it.
  • Thanks for the responses, but I also want to clarify - the pain is worst on that second toe (as you've pointed out), but the same joint in my other toes hurt too after that 2-3 mile mark, just not quite as much. That's why I was questioning my form a bit, perhaps I'm a bit too heavy-footed in my gait haha.

    But yes, I do agree it is at least partly Morton's Neuroma, and I'll look into that :)
  • on 1346044264:
    But yes, I do agree it is at least partly Morton's Neuroma, and I'll look into that :)


    Let us know. :)

    If I go walking in Vibrams without pad/tape I get aching from my 3rd, 4th and 5th metatarsals after a while, but not pain. I have assumed this happens because when I started wearing minimal shoes, (2010) I became aware that I have always over-pronated when walking & running because it was the only way I could get my big toe metatarsal to bear any weight.

    When I tried to correct this - by walking more on the outer part of my foot and not twisting, it resulted in no weight transfer to my first mets at all, and all the weight on my mid and outer foot ... result, pain from my 2nd met and aching from the rest?

    Other things worth considering are - foot width - are the Vibrams wide enough for your foot? My first pair of Vibrams back in 2010 were size W40 black KSO's and as they are a bit narrower than the M width, the fabric was pretty tight across the top of the shoe - I think they also held my toes slightly closer together, and on several occasions in the first 6 - 9 months of wearing them I got sharp pains like I'd stepped on a big bit of gravel and had a bruise - one time it happened after just a 5 minute run. Since I got a pair of M41 Speeds this neuroma-like pain hasn't happened - if there is trouble it's a duller pain, and it only appears after a lot of walking.

    Also, another possibility, could be that with some people flare-ups and tenderness can happen as the foot bones are moving differently to what they were in regular shoes. (My feet ached a lot in the first year of wearing minimal shoes.)

    Hope you figure out the problem. :)
  • Google "capsulitis" and see if it might be that. The symptoms are very similar to those of Morton's neuroma. Here's one link- http://www.foothealthfacts.org/Content.aspx?id=1482
  • I took the liberty to use you drawing, but this is how the kinesiology tape should be applied. Try it.
  • Thank you all for the help! I will try this out for my next long-ish walk, see if it helps :)
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  • If I'm walking on some uneven surface, grass, dirt track or gravel, my feet seem just fine without support, not sure if anyone else has found the same?



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