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Hi looking for some advice. I have been running really consistently for about a year after having lots of stops and starts in the few years previously - generally due to losing my running mojo. However over the last couple of weeks I have noticed that I am having ball of foot pain (aka metatarsalgia) primarily on my left foot.
Since October I have been making the transition to a more minimalist shoe and have been running in Saucony Kinvara's and walking in VFF's. The reason I started to do this was because whilst running in built up shoes I was constantly developing huge blood blisters under the ball of my foot (I have always forefoot run). I have never had a problem with running in Kinvara's up until 2 weeks ago - for info purposes my cadence is generally 190-195 so not overstriding etc..
Google () has led me to believe that I have 2nd metatarsal overload syndrome. So am wondering whether anyone else has experienced similar or can advise on what to do. I really want to avoid seeing a podiatrist (unless I really have to) as I believe that minimalist style running is the avenue that I want to pursue further and don't fancy the idea of being recommended orthotics etc unless that is the only way that I can continue running.
Any advice or wise words greatly appreciated.