I've had a bit of a tender foot since mid-October.
It kept going away, but it cropped up again as soon as I had forgotten it. Despite taking 2 weeks off from running over the holidays, it flared up after some hiking.
I finally got myself to the podiatrist, expecting him to clear me and confirm that it was really nothing.
Instead I got a diagnosis of a Plantar Plate injury. In other words, Turf Toe. It's quite mild, most days I don't feel anything.
I rigged up a little homemade orthotic using Superfeet and some thick moleskin.
Though I don't appear to have any signs of hammertoe, I taped my second toe like this.
I took another 10 days off running which coincided perfectly with a nasty chest cold and cough.
I got rid of some nice winter boots I'd been wearing (not high-heeled, I don't wear those anymore) which seemed to aggravate my foot.
I am now wearing shoes at all times, rather than walking around sock-footed at home.
My mile and a half test run yesterday appears to have gone well; no tenderfoot today.
Fingers crossed that I am on the road to recovery!