Pain In The Soles Of The Feet When Exercising?

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I often play basketball, when I run long enough, every time my left foot hits the ground, it feels like I’m being stabbed by a needle. The pain is felt in the middle of the foot, not the heel. What do you think should be done for foot pain like this? Because this has felt long enough and quite annoying when playing basketball. Thank you 🙂

1 Answer:

Hi Satria,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

For people who like to exercise, pain in the soles of the feet can be very disturbing. This pain generally occurs related to inflammation of the tissues that make up the sole of the foot. One of the most common causes is plantar fasciitis. This condition reflects inflammation or tearing of the muscle membranes on the soles of the feet, which can be triggered by aging, obesity, excessive activity (including frequent running and jumping while playing basketball), flat feet (flat feet), improper use of shoes, or also other diseases, such as reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and so on. Normally, this muscle membrane functions as a vibration damper, supports the sole of the foot, and helps the process of walking. If you experience inflammation or tear, then of course it can cause pain, especially in the heel area, but it can also spread to the other soles of the feet.


It could also be that the pain in the soles of the feet that you experience appears due to other factors, for example:

Metatarsalgia (pain due to disruption of the metatarsal bones and surrounding tissues)
Bunion (a bony protrusion that usually appears on the big toe, pressing against the other finger)
Muscle sprain, muscle strain
Arthritis (arthritis), for example due to rheumatism or gout
Callus, clavus (calluses, eyelets)
Foot skin infections, for example due to folliculitis, Herpes zoster, and so on

If it is true that the complaint has appeared for a long time and is very disturbing, you should not let it drag on. Check yourself directly to the doctor for a thorough examination, usually involving radiological examinations, such as x-rays, CT scans, and so on. It is also possible that your doctor will recommend that you undergo a blood test to rule out a possible etiology stemming from a metabolic disorder.


At this time, you should pay more attention to the position of your feet, especially when exercising. Make sure you wear comfortable, well-padded, not too tight shoes, and do an adequate warm-up and cool-down before and after your workout. Keep your body weight to remain ideal so as not to create excessive load in the leg area. Avoid too much massaging or massaging the soles of the feet that are painful if it has not been declared safe by a doctor. To temporarily reduce pain, you can take paracetamol temporarily while compressing the sore feet with ice cubes.


Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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