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I'm 59 and have only been running a couple of years. I've completed several half marathons reasonably comfortably. Until recently I was training for Brighton marathon but about 5 weeks ago I started getting very sore soles, particularly in my right foot. I tried to run through it but of course that resulted in a sore knee because I was subconciously running awkwardly to compensate for the pain. I've not run at all for three and a half weeks now but the pain in my sole is still pretty intense and it is still quite swollen.
I've been icing it regularly, I've been wearing gel insoles all the time and did for a while take Ibuprofine but with no improvement. My physio says there is nothing he can do and told me to go to my doctor.
He diagnosed metatarsalgia and said there was nothing he can do. He says that the sole of the foot should be concave so thay the middle of your sole does not take too much punishment on impact. However he says that after the age of 50 or so there is a tendency for the sole to give up the ghost and become convex as has happened to me, meaning the centre takes all the hits resulting in the problems I am experiencing.
He said that with a long break and a metatarsal arch support I might just get back to a bit of light jogging, but my running days might be pretty much over!
Disaster!! Any advice at all, and any reassurance from anybody my sort of age who has beaten this?