After my last 5-K race, I got a strange sort of pain on the top of my right foot. I asked Dr. Bourne, my chiropractor, why the TOP of the foot might be hurting, and he said it’s usually because of a strain to the muscles on the front of the leg. Sure enough, when I look up running injuries on-line, I found an article from SportsInjuryClinic that described my symptoms exactly. The injury is called “inflammation of the Extensor tendons of the toes” or “extensor tendinitis.” I followed these instructions as to what to do about inflamed extensor tendons:

  • Rest until there is no more pain.
  • Apply ice or cold therapy.
  • Alter shoes or get shoes that fit properly! (Actually, I bought my first pair of running shoes.)
  • Ensure shoe laces are not too tightly tied.

The condition has healed completely, and I am back on track–literally! :)

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1 Comment on Caring for a Minor Running Injury

  1. Ryan says:

    Interestingly enough, I get that from time to time when I tie my laces too tightly. Thats great advice for any new runner! (or in any kind of athletics)

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