Flying Pig 4-way with Cheese….because there is a jacket involved. Not to mention the 5 medals, 5 shirts and some kind of display board…BLING!! As mileage is cranking up, 13 miles was on the docket this past weekend. That’s a half marathon (well, almost anyway)…and yet NO medal waiting for me at the end. Bummer. Hasn’t the weather been amazing for running this week?? Last night I went out for a long
run again and worked really hard against the wind in about 2 of the 4 directions.
But I was in shorts, in February, in Cincinnati!!!
I was running with a friend Saturday and she thought the following topic would be
of foot-care-interest: neuroma vs neuritis vs neuropathy.
Neuroma–an inflamed nerve at the bottom of the ball of your foot.
- feels like stepping on a lamp chord; sometimes feels like a click occurs
- usually a tingling into the 3rd and 4th or the 2nd and 3rd toes.
- worse w/ tight shoes or shoes w/ a higher pitch.
- often alleviated w/ change of shoe-type and calf stretches.
- rapidly treatable if addressed early on–don’t let symptoms linger.
Neuritis–this usually occurs in BOTH feet simultaneously
- usually feels like a tingling or numbness in the entire forefoot
- frequently occurs during repetitive motions (think treadmill/elliptical)
- symptoms should resolve within 15 minutes of stopping such activity
- this is all about shoe fit/ sock selection/ foot slippage in footwear.
Neuropathy–by definition this is “nerve damage”
- if the cause is systemic (diabetes, alcohol overuse, nutritional issues) then the symptoms are in both feet symmetrically
- if the cause is spinal (herniated disc, degenerative disc) then symptoms are usually in one foot.
- systemic nerve damage feels like a numb, tingling that starts in the great toes and moves then to the lesser toes and up the foot.
- neuropathy is a medical concern that must be diagnosed and treated in the early stages to prevent worsening which could lead to loss of sensation or loss of muscle strength.
If you have a foot-care topic you would like to see in my “blogs”, please let me know….you are likely not the only person wondering about it. Have a super week and run healthy!