Updated: Jun 22, 2021
On April 2020 I started having pain at the ball of my feet. I thought it started because I was standing on barefoot on hardwood floor 8 hours a day at a stand up computer station while working from home from 3/10/2020 to 4/23/2020. I wore high arched sandals (worked very well) to relieve the pressure at the ball of my feet to ease the pain, thinking it would go away with time (See Figure 1).
Certain things would trigger pain:
1. Such as jamming my feet into my shoes when slipping into my shoes every morning. The ball of my feet would hurt mildly for 2 hours after doing so.
2. July 2020 I started going back to the gym to do some rehab work on my back. I have a back strain that has been bothering me since 2017. I was have been diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome a while back. I actually bought some metatarsal sleeves (did not provide relief) for my feet on 10/8/2020 because the ball of my feet was aggravated (See Figure 2).
3. Putting my toes in the extension position when kneeling down to build a Squat Rack on 11/28/2020. I think this was the day it went down hill. I was hurting but was so frustrated building it I became careless and continued to bend my feet and finish the project so I could get it over with. Consciously thinking that I was hurting but that it would get better in a few days.
Figure 1: OOFOS Recovery Sandals. This was a life saver
Figure 2: Metatarsal Sleeves. (these didn't provide any relief)