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Pain between 2nd & 3rd metatarsal

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by justrun31, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. justrun31

    justrun31 Welcome New Poster


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    A young female runner of mine complains of pain between 2nd & 3rd metatarsal. 2 different x-rays show no stress fracture. MRI showed nothing. Neuroma ruled out. She has normal to high arch, slight pronation with excessive wear on the heels of her running shoes. Burning also occurs on the bottom of her foot. Mom(also a runner) reports that shoes are replaced every 400 -450 miles. Cushioned & stability shoes have both been tried. The kid is a good runnner with scholarship potential, but the pain completely changes her stride. Time off doesn't help as pain returns when she starts running again. Is anything obvious standing out to anyone?
     
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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  3. Where exactly does the burning occur? When you palpate the foot, where is it tender? Is it dorsal or plantar? Is it on the medial or lateral or dorsal aspect of the metatarsals or in the interspace? Does the pain improve or get worse during running and what type of shoes and activities make it better? Does she have any pain during walking? What is her age? Does she have normal periods?

    The pain could be a intermetarsal neuritis which would not show up on MRI but most commonly pain in this area is due to a 2nd or 3rd metatarsal stress reaction in a young female runner.
     
  4. fronny

    fronny Active Member

    Hi Justrun,

    A technique I have used (with a non-athlete) to aid diagnosis is strapping the digit involved at its base into a plantarflexed position for a week. Relief of symptoms suggests plantar plate tear or capsulitis. Originally suggested in 'Podiatry Today' and useful for my patient.
     
  5. Podoric

    Podoric Welcome New Poster

    it can be Köhler 2
     
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