View Full Version : Terrible Foot Pain when Sparring


justin_t
01-30-2008, 03:28 PM
Hi all. I seriously doubt I have plantar fasciitis but everytime I spar, I can't go more than three rounds because the arch in both my feet start hurting like crazy. It's been bad enough for me to want to jump out of the ring and take my shoes off (which I've been doing for the past few months because of the terrible pain). I've changed boxing shoes twice and used three different types of insoles that are engineered for arch support but still no change. It's unusual because I only experience the pain when I'm sparring and feel nothing when I'm working out and engaging in other athletic activities. I need some advice quick because I'm competing in the Golden Gloves next week and I don't want it to be the reason for any losses!

Help Please!

msagrain
01-30-2008, 03:36 PM
Do you do a lot of walking or are you over weight?

THE REED™
01-30-2008, 03:38 PM
what about when your jumping rope?

justin_t
01-30-2008, 04:08 PM
I really don't walk more than the average person my age (23 yrs. old) and my weight is considerably normal (5'7.5", 151.5 lbs.). I don't feel the pain when I jump rope or any other time for the matter. It's only when I spar. For the rest of the day I'm absolutely pain-free.

Onslow.
01-30-2008, 04:25 PM
hmm.. i dunno..sounds a bit crazy. Are you tying your boots to tight perhaps? I know when i used to play Rugby i'd get terrible pain if the circulation was cut off and i put pressure on it... do you tie your again when you enter the ring to spar?

boxingsmash69
01-30-2008, 05:09 PM
having proper footwear for YOUR type of foot is important. check it out:

http://running.zappos.com/runningfitguide.zhtml



also, these might help as well:

http://www2.yoursole.com/


custom, heat-moldable (baked in oven) insoles for a fraction of the cost of doctor prescribed orthotics.

i use the regular one, and they are the best insoles i have ever used.

by the way, you said you have pain in both arches? you could have low arches or be flatfooted. those kind of people need Motion control/stability type of shoes.

THE REED™
01-30-2008, 05:16 PM
can you narrow it down more... exactly when does it happen when your sparring... both feet? lead foot, back foot?

justin_t
01-30-2008, 07:01 PM
can you narrow it down more... exactly when does it happen when your sparring... both feet? lead foot, back foot?

The pain is fairly equal in both arches of my feet. The sensation is almost unbearable yet I feel absolutely nothing outside of the ring.

aussieboxer2320
01-30-2008, 07:40 PM
man i have had this problem before playing rugby and during sparring, running etc, keep your shoes at a comfortable tightness, your probably doing them up 2 tite and cutting off circulation i thought i had a foot problem till i found out i was putting my shoes on too tight, also, your shoes may be too small

bundjalung
01-30-2008, 09:29 PM
You probably are putting more strain on your plantar fascia during sparring due to the rapid changes in direction and repetitive plantar flexion (calf raises) in sparring. If you had plantar fasciitis, it would throb like a mutha after your workout. Get to a podiatrist or physio for more advice. Usually good shoes with good arch support and heel control, massage and stretching of the plantar fascia with ice should decrease the pain. Hope this helps

justin_t
01-31-2008, 02:21 AM
You probably are putting more strain on your plantar fascia during sparring due to the rapid changes in direction and repetitive plantar flexion (calf raises) in sparring. If you had plantar fasciitis, it would throb like a mutha after your workout. Get to a podiatrist or physio for more advice. Usually good shoes with good arch support and heel control, massage and stretching of the plantar fascia with ice should decrease the pain. Hope this helps

That sounds like the most logical explanation since I do experience a bit of throbbing alongside the pain. I'll definitely schedule an appointment with a podiatrist although my major concern is that the Golden Gloves is only one week away and I'm at a loss in finding a way to remedy the situation. Is there anything I can do in the meantime? Wrapping my feet, a certain ointment or specially-designed stretching exercises?

Mickey Gomez
01-31-2008, 04:38 AM
You might not be happy with this answer but basically your arches are hurting because the main muscle that runs down the arch of your foot (the plantar aponeurosis) is cramping. The reason it only effects you in sparring is because this when you exercise it most. You need to exercise your feet more, double the amount of time (and intensity) you spend jumping rope. Also spend more time on footwork routines. Spend as much time on your toes in training as possible, eventually your plantar aponeurosis will be used to the stress and will not cause you pain.

justin_t
01-31-2008, 03:39 PM
You might not be happy with this answer but basically your arches are hurting because the main muscle that runs down the arch of your foot (the plantar aponeurosis) is cramping. The reason it only effects you in sparring is because this when you exercise it most. You need to exercise your feet more, double the amount of time (and intensity) you spend jumping rope. Also spend more time on footwork routines. Spend as much time on your toes in training as possible, eventually your plantar aponeurosis will be used to the stress and will not cause you pain.

Thanks for the input Mickey.

THE REED™
01-31-2008, 03:42 PM
also... shadow box a lot.. but shadowbox as if your literally fighting someone... dont stop moving... mimick everything you do when you spar.. when you shadowbox... to work the muscles in your foot better... and make sure you dont tie your shoes TOO tight...

Mickey Gomez
02-01-2008, 12:35 AM
No problem man, I hope it works out for you.

bundjalung
02-01-2008, 01:54 AM
You can try a taping technique called low dye taping which involves using sports tape to give your plantar fascia more support during sparring. It's like strapping your ankle but for the bottom of your foot. The podiatrist should show you how to do it.

justin_t
02-01-2008, 01:37 PM
You can try a taping technique called low dye taping which involves using sports tape to give your plantar fascia more support during sparring. It's like strapping your ankle but for the bottom of your foot. The podiatrist should show you how to do it.

Thanks I'll definitely give it a shot.