Sorry to hear that your foot is hurting, and nice to hear that you have thought of some ways to get back to feeling better.
I wanted to suggest another thing to try. In the past, I have had a sore or bruised feeling forefoot area arise for a short period of time. Sometimes, switching to a different pair of shoes, but one that has already been worn in, can help.
That is to say, I would get a sore foot wearing a pair of mizuno sneakers and I would switch them out for an older pair of asics where the padding in the shoe has a slightly different wear pattern. The improvement was felt immediately, and I could continue running.
Maybe give that a try, if you haven't already.
Thank you for your advice and encouragement. The knowledge that an accomplished orienteer such as you is keeping track of me and is willing to give me friendly, thoughtful advice is very encouraging.
I can see how switching to a pair of shoes with a different wear pattern allowed you to stay in shape and to keep up your running routine when you were faced with a similar difficulty. It reminds me that I should move on to a new pair of VJ Falcons, as the old pair is very worn out after 83 hours and 31,000 meters of climb on the rocky hills of the north-eastern US. I am certain that this will help.
On the other hand, I am guessing that my urban running shoes - the Saucony Guides - are not contributing much to the soreness of my soles at this time. This pair still has quite a bit of padding (after 200 miles of running) and this model in general provides my ankles with just the right amount of support. I'm very happy with them.
It was great to see you at the Team Trials and inspiring to read about your fantastic performance at Jukola later on.
Jukola really is a special trip. I was reminiscing about some of the great CSU adventures I've gotten to take part in. I think the 2002 US relay champs was where is all started for me :)
We didn't run on the same team that year, but were you there in VT on that weekend?
I wish I remembered that weekend. I just looked online and saw that those relay champs were on September 21-22 of 2002. At that time I must have been living either near Mobile, AL or in White Plains, NY. My sister hadn't started her PhD at the University of Vermont yet. I conclude that, if I was in VT that weekend, it was to participate in the A-meet that went along with the relay champs.