Morton's Neuroma?

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Draka
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   Posted 10/8/2011 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone have any experience with a Morton's Neuroma:

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.


I have had this type of pain in my foot come and go.... now, it's hurting me weekly... every time I play tennis and it hurt me last night when I wore heels out to dinner.....

I have yet to go to a podiatrist... but I am certain this is what is bothering my ball of the foot.

Just something else....

cry
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Boxerlover
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   Posted 10/8/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh do I ever! I had 4, 2 on each foot and my doc said they were the size of his thumb!! I suffered for 5 years before I saw a podiatrist, then for months I got injections of steroids and lidocaine between my toes(unbelievably painful!!!). My podiatrist didn't think it was neuromas because they didn't show up on a CT scan. I was seeing my Ortho for my knee when I brought up the pain in my feet. I told him about the scan and he said neuromas wouldn't show up. He was giving my the shots of steroids, he had done 1 and was going to so the other one when he said he was not going to put me through this. He said I needed surgery.  He did one foot first, then I went back for the other. The thing with surgery is they have to cut back far enough that another neuroma cannot develope. They usually form because of the pinching between the toes.  I still get a mild pain once in awhile depending on the shoe. I can still wear hogh heels, just not for long. And if I work out on the eliptical, my foot starts to hurt after 30 minutes from staying in the same place so I just try and remember to shake my foot every once in a while. Although I am rarely well enough to work out.
 
It was the best decision I ever made. I kick myself for waiting 5 years.

Draka
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   Posted 10/8/2011 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Boxerlover... (I have two Bulldogs... love them too!)

How long was your down time after surgery?

I'll let you know when I go see the foot Dr... I also have saddlebone deformities on the tops of both my feet... they make my feet numb when I have sneakers on... which is most of the time now.... UGH!
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Boxerlover
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   Posted 10/9/2011 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not think my downtime was that long. I did have mine done under general anesthesia. My doc said he didn't want to risk me moving my foot. I stayed one night in the hospital, home the next day. My job was fitness, so I couldn't go back right away, I think I was walking OK in about a week.
 
That numbness is awful! Yes, please let me know!

Draka
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   Posted 12/18/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am still having a heck of a time with this Neuroma in my right foot..

I've had two Cortisone injections and now am on my 5th alcohol injection with no improvement... in fact I feel the pain all the time...

My podiatrist told me to wait and do a couple more of the alcohol injections and then... learn to live with the pain or get surgery...

I'm nervous that if I do get surgery it will still continue to bother me especially with playing tennis.... I just want to be able to wear my heels...

I can't live with it too painful... someone told me about a laser treatment... anyone know anything about that?

Thank you..
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My poditrist told me surgery or wear wide shoes. I elected to wear wide shoes. Pain is gone and no neuromas. It has been 6 years of no pain. I was getting shots in my foot before he said surgery or wear wide shoes.

Try wide width of shoes.

betsey
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CoralToe
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   Posted 12/19/2011 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Careful with nerves in the feet! My friend had a Morton's neuroma removed, and had severe nerve pain for a year. I had a "normal" Neuroma caused by two previous surgeries - it was cut back in almost the same way, and has left me with permanent nerve damage. As with many things in life, sometimes the surgery works, well, and sometimes it doesn't. ANY time you cut on nerves you are taking a risk - so make sure you do as much reading etc as you can prior to making a decision...

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   Posted 12/19/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Granted, I do have permanent nerve damage as well, two of my toes are numb on each foot and if they are touched or when I go through a pedicure I squirm everytime, but it's way better than the pain from the neuromas. Make sure to get a good surgeon.
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