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post #31 of 51
wow. relax, jstraw. i've been to him one time. he does want me to try the orthotics if the steroid injections don't work.

my desire to skip that and go straight to getting rid of the nerve is the severity of my pain.
post #32 of 51
Back again.

The pain is lessening..........but not gone. I can do lots more time in shoes, and I did a 4 mile hike last weekend and did ok the first 3.5, but then I was back to limping a little. Not real crunching pain, but more an annoyance.

I can't do barefoot at all without some pain. Since it's been barely 2 months, I'm giving it some more time before I cry foul.

If you guys want to live your lives in a shoe with footbeds and pads day in and out, fine, go ahead. I like to be barefoot, and refuse to wear shoes in the house or outside in good weather. For us barefooters, footbeds and all that gear is a non option.

jeffsage, there is nothing 'wrong' with your podiatrist, but if you would feel better, get a second opinion.
post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by jeffsage
wow. relax, jstraw. i've been to him one time. he does want me to try the orthotics if the steroid injections don't work.

my desire to skip that and go straight to getting rid of the nerve is the severity of my pain.
Sorry, I just misinterpreted the portion I quoted.
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Back again.

The pain is lessening..........but not gone. I can do lots more time in shoes, and I did a 4 mile hike last weekend and did ok the first 3.5, but then I was back to limping a little. Not real crunching pain, but more an annoyance.

I can't do barefoot at all without some pain. Since it's been barely 2 months, I'm giving it some more time before I cry foul.

If you guys want to live your lives in a shoe with footbeds and pads day in and out, fine, go ahead. I like to be barefoot, and refuse to wear shoes in the house or outside in good weather. For us barefooters, footbeds and all that gear is a non option.

jeffsage, there is nothing 'wrong' with your podiatrist, but if you would feel better, get a second opinion.
Bonni, I'm confused. My understanding of my own neuroma is that no matter how it's treated, including surgically, my methead is going to remain dropped and I will always need correction.
post #35 of 51
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Originally Posted by jstraw
Sorry, I just misinterpreted the portion I quoted.

no prob jstraw. we're all in this together.
post #36 of 51
hopefully the biomechanic part of trying to decrease the splay in a more stable foot was part of the orthotic discussion, that said I have many patients that do not respond to biomechanics alone & I think sclerotherapy is the next most conservative long term solution. I see it work about 60% of the time as a pre-surgical option.
post #37 of 51
I've been wearing orthotics for about a week now. They have helped a little bit while wearing my New Balance running shoes but I feel no better when not wearing the shoes. I was hoping taking the pressure off with the shoes on would help when the shoes weren't on. I ran a couple miles today and had a couple episodes of pain but no burning sensation, which is an improvement.

I'm at a crossroads now. Do I settle for the half-a-fix or do I go all the way with sclero-therapy, keeping in mind I have it in both feet.
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by jeffsage
I've been wearing orthotics for about a week now. They have helped a little bit while wearing my New Balance running shoes but I feel no better when not wearing the shoes. I was hoping taking the pressure off with the shoes on would help when the shoes weren't on. I ran a couple miles today and had a couple episodes of pain but no burning sensation, which is an improvement.

I'm at a crossroads now. Do I settle for the half-a-fix or do I go all the way with sclero-therapy, keeping in mind I have it in both feet.
A week isn't very long. Give it more time. I don't go barefoot mucg at all anymore...I even have my orthotic met pad built up under the footbed of my birkenstocks so I have something to slip on around the house and it feels better...orthotics are a permanant thing. No matter what you do for the neuroma, the met head still needs to be lifted.

I'm about 2 weeks past my second cortizone shot. This one hurt much sooner and worse and for longer, following the injection but after that pain subsided, about 4-5 days, the change is remarkable. I look forward to the third of three and expect I will do this cycle as needed and for as long as it's effective...I'm guessing every 8-12 months.
post #39 of 51
If you are well before your ski season I would give the sclero a try as boots are generally worse than running a few miles
post #40 of 51
jstraw,

Perhaps. I have an appointment the 13th to discuss this very thing with my pod. Will keep you posted.

Now that I'm working on my feet again, I can tell no difference between before and after the surgery, but then again, I am in regular shoes without any orthotics.
post #41 of 51
I was in walmart today, hunting and gathering, and got some little foot-ball pads. Stuck them in my boot insoles tonight. I have a vague feeling they might do a lot of good.
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by ant
I was in walmart today, hunting and gathering, and got some little foot-ball pads. Stuck them in my boot insoles tonight. I have a vague feeling they might do a lot of good.
Got a product name and a department in the store for those?
post #43 of 51
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Originally Posted by jstraw
Got a product name and a department in the store for those?
No sorry, they were from the foot bit, and were little blue pads with white outers.
Today I got some silastic stuff to prevent the old orthotics from sliding forward, to work with these things.
I like the way these things peak to a real peak in the middle of the forefoot. They know the problem, all right.
post #44 of 51
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Originally Posted by ant
No sorry, they were from the foot bit, and were little blue pads with white outers.
Today I got some silastic stuff to prevent the old orthotics from sliding forward, to work with these things.
I like the way these things peak to a real peak in the middle of the forefoot. They know the problem, all right.
Thanks...that might be enough to go on. Silastic? whazzat?
post #45 of 51
I use a silicone type pad.
You can e-mail me if you can't find on the web
post #46 of 51
Interestingly enough, I didn't have one problem with my ski boots today. Other than not being able to 'feel' when I was pressuring toes 2-4, I had feeling in my big toe (what else counts? ) and no pain. Still going to see the ortho, because regular walking is still a problem.

Ski season seems to be a go....what a relief.
post #47 of 51

Back to DPM

Went back a few days ago and he said we're making progress, since I don't have the burning pain anymore. I can still feel them moving around, though, and experience some discomfort on a daily basis. They are better but not were I need them to be. I am going with the sclero-therapy at the next visit on my left foot first, since its the worst one, and, depending on its success, I'll do the other one.

Oh, yeah, one last thing. I found out BC/BS won't cover orthotics-at least on my plan. Bastards!
post #48 of 51

neuroma

i had a mortons neuroma, and i am a hand surgeon, and i would personally not have the surgery until i had exhausted all options. mine was so painful that it felt like someone put a cigarette out on my toe. i did my own long-acting steroid injections, and it eventually went away completely. be sure that your boots are not too narrow in the forefoot.
post #49 of 51
Saw my podiatrist for my third injection and we decided to skip it. The cortizone is working great and since I'm allowed three shots in a calendar year...we're saving the third one for if/when I need it.
post #50 of 51
Bring this thread back to life.....

Here's a site http://www.zfootdoc.com/neuromas.htm with some information about sclerosing a Morton's neuroma.

It also has a gory picture of an actual neuroma...not for the weak of heart!

Regards,
UK2TX2CA
post #51 of 51
I think Duke Walker is onto something. Since wearing lumps in my shoes (won't fit in the boots), my feet have been good this season. Until a stinking hot day, where it came back full force. I think in the heat my feet swell, and suddenly the boot is not wide enough.

I'm going to try and put lumps under my sole liners...that way they won't get rolled up or pushed when I put the feet in. That might stop them from spreading so wide.
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