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I've just been diaganosed with metatarsal tendonitis. I'd had pain in my left foot which began after a lovely 6 mile run near the end of November 2012 and progressively worsened. I saw my Osteopath in December who told me it may be metatarsal inflammation and to rest with NO running until after Christmas. I did as I was told and iced and elevated my foot when I thought about it but maybe not as often as I should. Anyway, it never left me but did seem to become more bearable.
Basically, 8 weeks on and three weeks into my marathon training (Brighton in April - my first one), I couldn't bear it anymore. During Monday's short 3 mile run I felt pain with every step where as normally, the pain would ease once into the run and come back after stopping. It had also caused a different pain on the outer side of my foot which actually now hurts more than the injury itself - my Doctor said this is most likely because I've been curling my toes without realising, to protect the 'eye' of the injury!
Anyway, after having an x-ray which ruled out a stress fracture, advice is active rest for two weeks by halving my weekly mileage, icing at every available opportunity with flexible ice packs - including when I go to bed by putting a long sock over the top to keep packs on the top and bottom of my foot if I can bear it, taking an anti-inflammatory daily for 4 weeks and with this, I'm told it should be gone within two weeks. Deep tissue massage with thumb tips was also advised and have so far been doing everything (since Friday), plus professional sports physio if possible.
I thought I'd post this just to see if anyone has any experience of this injury and if by following any of the advice I've been given, whether or not it worked for you? I trust my Doctor as he's a sportsperson himself and understands injury, but I guess with my marathon goal getting ever closer, if this doesn't work, I'll be looking for a plan B as soon as this little lots been tried and tested!
Thanks in advance...Zoe