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I have recently run a 10k and hurt the muscles in my left foot on the its right side...

Hello, I have recently run a 10k and hurt the muscles in my left foot on the its right side. The pain aches mainly in the evening when I come back from work. I feel the pain especially when I raise my foot off the ground. I was thinking of using Voltaren cream and taking painkillers until the pain hopefully dissipates however do you think I should go see a specialist?

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Thank you for your question.

From what you have said, we feel that oral pain relief and topical application to the affected foot would be the first suggestion that we would make. (Please see suggestions and application details below from our Pharmacist).

It is unclear from your question if you regularly run, or if you have had this problem before.

Initially we would suggest refraining from running until the discomfort ceases, and to go with the plan of rest, pain relief and topical gel to the area. This may be a one off incident due to the length of the run that you took part in, in which the area may be more tender and internally inflamed. The rubbing action of applying the pain relief gel may also help relieve your symptoms.

Following a period of pain management and rest, if the problem persists, it may be suggested to seek advice from your GP. If the problem persists for a lengthened period of time or recurs regularly, your GP may then make the suggestion of seeing a Specialist in the future, but at the moment, it may be best to assess how your problem responds to rest and pain relief.

We hope you have found this helpful.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses