Yesterday, I had yet another appointment with yet another doctor. I’ve been going through this off and on for 3 years in April. First doctor refused to acknowledge that I had an issue and tried to push Vicodin on me. I really detest taking medication, so I gave up on that doctor and when that doctor closed down, I decided it was time for a new doc. This doc was awesome, completely believed me with what I was telling him, and started sending me to specialist. First, the Orthopedist, who after 8 months of trying to figure out what was wrong with me, looked me in the eyes and said “You’re a mystery.” Not really something you want to hear. He stopped returning my calls after that so I couldn’t get followup appointments. My insurance company then actually referred me to a Neuro-Surgeon. Neuro-Surgeon was at a lose. Finally, after me pushing a bit, he agreed to refer me to a Podiatrist. That was my appointment yesterday.
I’m sitting there, explaining the pain, and he says “Well, I’m going to tentatively diagnose you with Neuroma. What? From Web MD:
What is Morton’s neuroma, and what causes it?
Morton’s neuroma is a swollen or thickened nerve in the ball of your foot. When your toes are squeezed together too often and for too long, the nerve that runs between your toes can swell and get thicker. This swelling can make it painful when you walk on that foot. High-heeled, tight, or narrow shoes can make pain worse. Sometimes, changing to shoes that give your toes more room can help.
Here’s the funny thing here, I haven’t worn high heels or narrow shoes in about 8 years, if not longer. I just don’t wear fancy clothes.
What are the symptoms?
Morton’s neuroma can cause a very painful burning or sharp pain in your foot that feels worse when you walk. It may feel like a small lump inside the ball of your foot. It is usually between the third and fourth toes, but it can also be between other toes.
Very painful burning or sharp pain in my foot that feels worse when I walk. Yep, got that.
So, what’s the treatment? Here:
How is it treated?
You may be able to treat this problem at home:
- Avoid wearing tight, pointy, or high-heeled shoes. Choose well-fitted shoes with plenty of room for your toes.
- Put ice or a cold pack on the area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.
- Take anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce pain and swelling. These include ibuprofen(such as Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (such as Aleve).
- Rest your feet when you can. Reduce activities that put pressure on the toes, such as racquet sports or running.
- Try massaging your foot to relax the muscles around the nerve.
If these steps do not relieve your symptoms, your doctor may have you use special pads or devices that spread the toes to keep them from squeezing the nerve. In some cases, a doctor may give a steroid shot to reduce swelling and pain. If these treatments do not help, your doctor may suggest surgery.
- Not an issue to not wear tight, pointy, or high-heeled shoes, since I don’t own any.
- Ice/cold pack, check. Can do that, doing that.
- Anti-inflammatory medicine, check. Primary care prescribed Celebrex last month. Done.
- Rest feet when I can, and reduce activities that put pressure on my toes. Harder to do, but will do what I can there.
- Massaging my foot to relax the muscles – Nope, not going to happen. I don’t like my feet being touched, ever.
- Special pads or devices, check, sort of. Doc put pads on the bottom of my foot and taped my foot. The purpose of this is to try to re-align the bones in my foot so that my nerves are not being inflamed.
- Steroid shot, next week. I have an appointment next week to see how my foot is doing and possibly get a cortisone shot in my foot. That won’t make me happy, but I’ll do that if it resolves this.
Yesterday, my foot was killing me. It was burning hot due to the tingling that was happening with the bones being forced apart. I actually had to take a pain pill to sleep. This morning, however, I woke up, and my foot was sore, but not tingling and no sharp pains. Most of the day, it was sore, hurt on occasion, but nothing like it was before. Tonight, lots of tingling again, but I’ve been on it quite a bit today and I think it’s just struggling with the re-alignment.
Before you ask, yes, I’ll mention to my Chiropractor about it and maybe I’ll allow him to try to re-align my foot. Well see.
Tomorrow, I’ll go back to full focus on God again, but for tonight, I wanted to put a follow up from one of my earlier posts, and thank God for sending me to a doctor that was able to determine a possible cause.