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!