So I've always been duck-footed. I think the only time I'm not, is when I'm directly concentrating on it or when I used to sprint. I was never a long distance runner and did mostly sprints in my youth.
Now that I'm older I concentrate on running longer and biking. I've been getting pain on the ball of my big toe which stretches up under my big toe. Almost feel like tendon pain, not just pounding sore type of pain.
I have only usually noticed this when I run a longer distance than what I would typically. So, I have a few theories and maybe you guys can help:
1. I'm visually doing this in my head, so bear with me. If I am duck-footed and using clipless pedals, could I be placing extra pressure on my ball by unknowingly allowing my heels to turn in? (Using Candys if it matters)
2. Compared to what my legs used to look like, I'd say my calves are underdeveloped. My thighs have gotten fairly large. I think my pedal stroke is poor and thus my calves aren't getting utilized as much when I bike. Thus, when I run I don't have power on the toe push off, which is leaving my ball to just get pounded? Does that make sense?
3. It is just that I'm not used to a distance and need to get stronger or used to the pounding on my foot.
4. I should just HTFU.
Should be noted I put the insoles I've always used (doesn't mean it's right) in my biking shoes and I felt an improvement over the way they did feel. I have not yet put those in my running shoes as it had not been an issue until a month ago.
My dad said the local chain running store (pretty good place btw) gave him a pad to put in his shoe at that spot, which was supposed to spead out his foot?
Any help is much appreciated, after my last charity run I was limping for 5 days.