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Whenever I go for a long run or put extensive stress on my feet I end up bruising on the bottom side of my feet. The bruises are incredibly painful but only last a day. They occur near the ball of my foot or near the toes as well. I get the same sort of bruising after spending time in the pool (in areas where I can touch the bottom with my feet).

On my own research I found Metatarsalgia to be the closest related inflammation that matches my symptoms. My question is, what causes this bruising and what can be done to avoid it while remaining active?

Update: It seems like any high-impact activity can cause the bruising. I have minor bruises after playing basketball.

Update 2: I spoke with a foot doctor in the past and his diagnosis was that there was a higher load of stress on the bottom of the foot from activity. His remedy was stretching my legs out before activity to allow the proper support.

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Have you tried using insoles or sneakers which are specific to relieving your condition? There seems to be a few found via Google search. –  RonE Jun 22 '12 at 2:36
    
I have in the past and find them to be too much of a hassle. I think the problem is that loose movement of the foot in the shoe causes friction and leads to the bruising. In the past, throwing out my old pair of shoes for a new pair with proper support helped remedy the situation. –  le_garry Jul 16 '12 at 17:32

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I used to face the same problem as the one you are describing. The balls of my feet used to hurt when I used to run.
However, I realised that my running technique might be wrong. Have you tried running only on the toes? Ideally, you are not supposed to touch the whole foot to the ground while running as this is detrimental for your knees in the long term.
However, if this isn't the case, then you might want to try out a long term strategy-Yoga. Not only does it heal the body over a long term, but also gives you flexibility and agility.

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Can you cite studies for the not touching the whole foot? Other than Chi/Pose/whatevertrendynameitisnow saying it's bad to sell their system? –  JohnP Aug 16 '12 at 15:29
    
@JohnP This sounds like a personal anecdote where the poster had a similar problem, made a change, and it helped. I'm not sure studies are called for in this case. –  michael Aug 17 '12 at 20:02
    
@michael - Running strictly on the toes is bad form, and much hyped by the "no heelstriking" crowd that don't really understand what heelstriking is. The poster also claims that touching the whole foot is detrimental for the knees. I don't believe that, and I asked for proof/studies. –  JohnP Aug 17 '12 at 20:45
    
Yes, touching the whole foot is not detrimental for the knees, but avoiding touching down the whole foot helps in reducing your running time. –  Rohit Shinde Aug 19 '12 at 2:57

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