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Foot Warning for Older Guys

Every time you do any lift while standing, you’re putting extra pressure on the fat pads on the bottoms of your feet. Add another sport that pounds your feet, and that’s even more trouble. Then put on weight (hopefully muscle) and its worse.

My feet were hurting pretty badly.

Half of the fat padding on my feet is gone. Got them x-rayed at a podiatrist’s office. No more TKD and he recommended swimming as my best exercise choice. Lose the squats and deads. He also said there’s nothing to be done for this. Guess I have bad genetics.

[quote]Headhunter wrote:
Every time you do any lift while standing, you’re putting extra pressure on the fat pads on the bottoms of your feet. Add another sport that pounds your feet, and that’s even more trouble. Then put on weight (hopefully muscle) and its worse.

My feet were hurting pretty badly.

Half of the fat padding on my feet is gone. Got them x-rayed at a podiatrist’s office. No more TKD and he recommended swimming as my best exercise choice. Lose the squats and deads. He also said there’s nothing to be done for this. Guess I have bad genetics.[/quote]

Any hope for specialty shoes to help out and maybe keep the lifting?

I will admit I am ignorant to this particular condidtion but I struggled with other foot problems for years. They were circulatory and joint problems mainly. Went through many podiatrists and treatments to no avail.

I finally found a podiatrist that perscribed some custom foam insoles and viola. Problem solved. I wore them for nearly 5 years getting them replaced about once every 6 months. I am now pain free and my feet are healthier than ever.

Point is I would check into a 2nd and 3rd opinion. Just swimming as the best exercise sounds like a cop-out to me.

This podiatrist is floating you a raft of crap. Unless you have Plantar’s fasciitis, which is an inflammatory condition, all people over 40 have fat pad degradation in their feet. Nothing to do with genetics, humans were designed to run barefoot, it’s your age.

Go to someone who knows what they’re doing, wear shoes that fit you, or get measured for orthotics. Lift barefoot if you can, you’ll never wear shoes again ;^)

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[quote]Yo Momma wrote:
This podiatrist is floating you a raft of crap. Unless you have Plantar’s fasciitis, which is an inflammatory condition, all people over 40 have fat pad degradation in their feet. Nothing to do with genetics, humans were designed to run barefoot, it’s your age.

Go to someone who knows what they’re doing, wear shoes that fit you, or get measured for orthotics. Lift barefoot if you can, you’ll never wear shoes again ;^)[/quote]

I love that first line! LOL!

It does seem like a crock the more I think about it — lots of guys my age lift after standing all day on a job, and I don’t stand nearly as much as a lot of folks.

It sounds like you have pain to the ball of your foot called metatarsalgia. This is a term for any cause of pain to that area. A garbage term. Based on your diagnosis no deformity or acute problem was found. When there is no obvious cause for the pain then fat pad atrophy is commonly named as a reason. It is true people loose fat here but it mainly becomes very severe for some 80 or 90 year old women who gets calluses in this area and have to wear orthopedic shoes.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/metatarsalgia/DS00496/DSECTION=3

http://www.emedicine.com/sports/topic82.htm

Just give your foot a little rest or significantly cut back from activities that cause pain for a couple of weeks. Buy good shoes and wear a good arch support. Arch supports will take pressure of the ball of your foot if you have a normal to high arch. Make sure you replace your shoes too as the internal support wears out even if they look new.

Assuming nothing more serious is wrong then finding the right shoe and insert, giving your foot a little rest then resuming activity to tolerance is your best bet. If you do cardio it is best not to run. Stick with elliptical or swimming.

This is not a bad one to try first. Can find it even cheaper other places online.

http://www.powersteps.com/cart/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=6

[quote]icecold wrote:
It sounds like you have pain to the ball of your foot called metatarsalgia. This is a term for any cause of pain to that area. A garbage term. Based on your diagnosis no deformity or acute problem was found. When there is no obvious cause for the pain then fat pad atrophy is commonly named as a reason. It is true people loose fat here but it mainly becomes very severe for some 80 or 90 year old women who gets calluses in this area and have to wear orthopedic shoes.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/metatarsalgia/DS00496/DSECTION=3

http://www.emedicine.com/sports/topic82.htm

Just give your foot a little rest or significantly cut back from activities that cause pain for a couple of weeks. Buy good shoes and wear a good arch support. Arch supports will take pressure of the ball of your foot if you have a normal to high arch. Make sure you replace your shoes too as the internal support wears out even if they look new.

Assuming nothing more serious is wrong then finding the right shoe and insert, giving your foot a little rest then resuming activity to tolerance is your best bet. If you do cardio it is best not to run. Stick with elliptical or swimming.

This is not a bad one to try first. Can find it even cheaper other places online.

http://www.powersteps.com/cart/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=6
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Awesome post!! Thanks, I will follow your recommendations!

[quote]Headhunter wrote:
Yo Momma wrote:
This podiatrist is floating you a raft of crap. Unless you have Plantar’s fasciitis, which is an inflammatory condition, all people over 40 have fat pad degradation in their feet. Nothing to do with genetics, humans were designed to run barefoot, it’s your age.

Go to someone who knows what they’re doing, wear shoes that fit you, or get measured for orthotics. Lift barefoot if you can, you’ll never wear shoes again ;^)

I love that first line! LOL!

It does seem like a crock the more I think about it — lots of guys my age lift after standing all day on a job, and I don’t stand nearly as much as a lot of folks.[/quote]

Could these help? You probably shouldn’t wear them while lifting, but I tried them on and I gotta say, WOW!

http://www.swissmasaius.com/

[quote]wirewound wrote:

Could these help? You probably shouldn’t wear them while lifting, but I tried them on and I gotta say, WOW!

http://www.swissmasaius.com/

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Those shoes look awesome. Love the graphics on that site…

just starting to encounter some foot issues in my 44th year. A little gout (apparently) and some plantar fascia pain too. ART seemed to do the trick (fingers crossed).

Definitely go for another opinion!

Your first clue that this doc was full of crap was his suggestion to drop squats and deads. There goes the test levels down the tube.

I suffered from foot problems and got some good insoles for my shoes and the pain in my feet was history. If I could only get rid of all those pain-in-the-ass customers I have, life would be golden.