I am a 20ish or so mi/wk runner-two 5 milers during week and long run on weekend. I have suffered metatarsalgia for some time now. I usually run through pain. Recently due to increased pain and burning in tip of 2nd toe, I was forced to seek medical care. My primary care doc ruled out stress fx through x-ray. She dx with tarsal tunnel syndrome and prescribed topical steroid cream. I disagree with that dx bc in the past I have experienced some relief when using off the shelf metatarsal pads. This last set I bought don’t seem to offer relief. I would like help in purchasing or ordering the correct size and density for me. Thank you.
Hi and thank you for your inquiry. It is paramount that you understand (even though your doctor does not seem to) what Metatarsalgia is and also why you do not seem to have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Let’s cover Metatarsalgia first.