Turf toe from treadmill runs?

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    Hey everyone,

    I have been running on a treadmill more than normal due to cold weather and in attempt to limit the toll running takes on my new, young family. After some longer runs on the treadmill, my big toe on my right foot will be sore and painful for a few days. It typically goes away and doesn’t hurt while running, just walking around my home. Has anyone had this obstacle? Is there something I can do? Should I be wearing a different shoe on my treadmill?

    Thanks team,

    David Warden


    I’m hoping someone else will chime in on this one. This is a new one to me both as an athlete and as a coach. Thought I’d see it all, but this is curious.

    Of course, I’m assuming no new shoes and this does not happen outside.

    Actually… what if you tried a different pair of shoes? Maybe it’s not the treadmill by itself, but a combination of treadmill plus X, and X is the shoes, or maybe different pair of shoes with less/more drop and less/more pronation or less/more cushion. I’m really reaching here…



    I have been using a reference book “Fixing Your Feet” by John Vonhof to avoid and treat foot problems.

    In his section of the book on Turf Toe he links to a product called “dancer pads”, but from my reading of the section it does not address the causes in any detail.

    For my own running, I have found that I can avoid injury by selecting different shoes, inserts, and lacing patterns depending on whether I am doing treadmill, long and easy runs or intervals. I *think* there is enough change in the way I plant my foot during each of the runs to give consideration to the extra precautions.


    David, no new shoes, but I think I will get some and try a different pair. I think maybe that will help. Thanks for replying! I’m going to keep playing around and see what I can come up with.

    Charles, thanks for the resource! I’m glad you mentioned lacing patterns; I typically don’t lace the bottom eyelet because it causes numbness in my toes, but I will add it and tie it loosely to see if that helps.

    Thanks for your responses and suggestions!


    I put the carbon plate in my Hokas and will discuss orthotics next week with his orthotist. I did try to run on the soft treadmill at the gym and I guess [url=https://houseandbeyond.org/best-treadmill-under-1000/]this[/url] is what i have to get used to. I hope that when i get orthotics and try some more rigid shoes and get used to the carbon plate and with some time, the symptoms will ease somewhat if that is a possibility. at this point time, I do not want to consider surgery. I am 62 years old and don’t want to tackle that just yet.
    do you think the hokas are good for first MTJ pain? are there other rigid shoes (rockers) that you recommend?

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