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Erza Scarlet

Can deadlifting cause foot injuries?

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I've been deadlifting for a couple of months now and recently I decided to push myself a little harder than usual. I was struggling a bit with 70kg deadlifts, but my form was good so I progressed up to 72.5kg, then 75kg the week afterwards. It was exhausting and barely had energy left to do my other weightlifting. Gradually over the next few days my right foot succumbed to aching pain. The bone(s) under my big toe hurts like crazy, even if I don't stand on it. I can barely limp and can't put shoes on without it being excruciatingly painful. 

 

Did this happen because I deadlifted too much too soon? Or is it just something that happens randomly to people? Does anyone know how I can treat it? I tried paracetamol to numb the pain but it didn't work. Thanks guys. :) 

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If you drop plates on your foot, yeah. Otherwise, not that I've ever heard of.

 

It sounds like you should see a doctor. Could be a broken bone or something, but it would be weird for the pain to set on gradually from that.

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Sounds like it is either a stress fracture or  muscle strain. I get a lot of stress fractures, they are debilitating, but one thing about them is that they usually don't hurt until a week after you get them due to the way they heal. Typically they're caused by repetitive stress (mine come when I try to integrate running into my workouts) vs one big whack. Need to see a doctor to figure out what it is.

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I know that when I tense up super tight in bracing (i.e. glutes all the way down the chain), I can feel an ache in the arch of my right foot.  That said, my right side is just overly tight anyway which is something I'm working on.  

 

Personally, I'd say take a la-crosse ball and use your foot to roll around on it and see if you feel better.

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On 1/30/2017 at 10:38 PM, Erza Scarlet said:

I've been deadlifting for a couple of months now and recently I decided to push myself a little harder than usual. I was struggling a bit with 70kg deadlifts, but my form was good so I progressed up to 72.5kg, then 75kg the week afterwards. It was exhausting and barely had energy left to do my other weightlifting. Gradually over the next few days my right foot succumbed to aching pain. The bone(s) under my big toe hurts like crazy, even if I don't stand on it. I can barely limp and can't put shoes on without it being excruciatingly painful. 

 

Did this happen because I deadlifted too much too soon? Or is it just something that happens randomly to people? Does anyone know how I can treat it? I tried paracetamol to numb the pain but it didn't work. Thanks guys. :) 

 

These questions are not meant to be insulting, just want to gather some more info:

1. Have you ever had foot pain like this before?

2. What kind of shoes are you wearing when you deadlift?

3. What kind of surface are you standing on? Concrete, mat, platform?

4. Do you also run/jog on a regular basis?

5. Do you have a job where you stand for extended periods of time?

6. "bones under my big toe" - do you mean the bottom side of your big toe, or the bottom side of the ball of your foot?

7. I noticed this was about 2 weeks ago, how does it feel now?

 

If if is still just as painful as it was 1/30, definitely go see a doctor if you haven't already. If you still have some nagging but lessened pain, as Rooks said lacrosse ball is a great, alternating heat/ice is great to reduce inflammation/swelling if applicable. It is possible, but highly unlikely, that this injury was caused by the act of deadlifting...

Let us know what's going on with it now!

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On ‎1‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 10:38 PM, Erza Scarlet said:

I've been deadlifting for a couple of months now and recently I decided to push myself a little harder than usual. I was struggling a bit with 70kg deadlifts, but my form was good so I progressed up to 72.5kg, then 75kg the week afterwards. It was exhausting and barely had energy left to do my other weightlifting. Gradually over the next few days my right foot succumbed to aching pain. The bone(s) under my big toe hurts like crazy, even if I don't stand on it. I can barely limp and can't put shoes on without it being excruciatingly painful. 

 

Did this happen because I deadlifted too much too soon? Or is it just something that happens randomly to people? Does anyone know how I can treat it? I tried paracetamol to numb the pain but it didn't work. Thanks guys. :) 

 

I have been deadlifting for a long time and I have never heard of this nor experienced it.  Are doing a lot of cardio?  Perhaps it's something from overuse, but I would not say that the deadlifts have caused this, especially if your form is good. 

 

Regarding intensity, I think if you are gassed to the point that you cannot perform any other exercises after deadlifts, you should revisit your diet/rest.  Even if I go to high intensity (90% or higher of 1RM), I can still finish the rest of my routine for that day.  Perhaps I will be affected by a rep or two on an exercise or two after, but nothing that will make the rest of workout not doable.  I hope you find out what is causing the pain and can fix it.  I know how problematic and downing nagging things like this can be. 

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