The midfoot is comprised of the three cuneiform bones, the cuboid and the navicular bones as well as the surrounding soft tissue. As the name suggests, midfoot pain is basically pain in the middle of your foot!!!
The causes of midfoot pain can include:
- Joint sprains
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fascitis
- Plantar fascia sprain
Gathering information about your history will help us to determine your midfoot pain diagnosis. For example, an acute onset of pain may indicate a sprain of the joint or plantar fascia, where as a gradual onset of pain would more likely be due to an overuse injury eg. Tendonitis or a stress fracture.
A thorough assessment of your foot will include palpating the area of tenderness, feeling movement in your joints and testing your muscle strength. Assessment will also include looking at your biomechanics, this is basically how you move. Your therapist may assess how you walk, run, hop or simply raise onto your tippy toes.
Depending on your diagnoses, treatment of your midfoot pain can include; massage, taping, joint mobilization, exercise therapy and management of your load eg. reducing or modifying the training you are doing.