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Has anyone tried a treatment for the pain of foot neuroma? How has it worked? I’m about to decide which route to go, so any info would help.
I’ve had a neuroma in my foot due to an injury years ago, so it’s time to do something about it. After trying insoles, acupuncture, and other treatments, I’m down to a choice between the Cortisone shots, or surgery. Anyone have any experience with this?
I suffered with Morton’s neuroma for several years. I never had cortisone shots, but if I’m not mistaken it will only alleviate the pain temporarily. I had the surgery to have the neuroma removed. Best thing I ever did! I haven’t had any pain whatsoever since the surgery. The recovery wasn’t too bad. They had me in a soft shoe for a couple of weeks. I really and truly recommend having the surgery.
I just had the surgery today. The doc removed two neuromas in my left foot. Thanks for your input. I figured it was the best route to no pain!
How long was your recovery period?
I’m on my 8th week post-op and I’ve got to say this has been the most difficult recovery of all 10 surgeries (different types) I’ve had. However, I’m one of those 2-4% who had two neuromas–usually people only have one, so I have two incisions on the bottom of my foot. I didn’t expect that I would feel as if I was walking on pebbles in my shoe at this point (the incisions are hard and 1.5″ long each laterally). I’m pretty tired of the pain from walking on “rocks” while three of my toes are numb. But I just started physical therapy so I’m hoping this will help. My advice: start physical therapy as soon as you can to avoid scar tissue problems like this…..my doc forgot to tell me to start PT-! Looking forward to wearing some nice shoes again.
Wow, you got a double whammy!
Was your incision on the bottom of your foot or top?
Yeah, I guess I will need to cancel my circus act on the high-wire this summer, as well as my lead ballerina roll in next holiday season’s Nutcracker ballet. Just joking…I’m really just a klutz! I’ll be very happy if I can go hiking this summer without feeling like I’ve got trail rocks in my boot!!
If u havent already… Do the surgery. I had mine done in January after suffering for 2 years. I even needed a cane the last 3 months. The surgery has been life changing. The toes next to the neuroma are numb a bit after surgery…. But its better than pain. I can not only walk again… I can dance too. I hope you have the same results.
Yes, I had it in Jan. this year. I’ve now completed 8 sessions of physical therapy which was entirely painful — poking tools into the masses of scar tissues in the two incision sites to “break up the strands”. Wow! So now that I’m done with everything everyone can do to help me, I am still in pain due to the blobs of scar tissue I walk on all day. I’m 56 and I feel that I have traded the pain of the two neuromas for the pain of the scar tissue, the numb toes (which bend under when I put shoes on and do not allow me to have the balance and ability to pivot like I did before), and general pain at the site. Sure, I would do it all again due to the neuromas growing and damaging more of the nerve and the increasing pain; however, I’ve got to say that having the incisions on the bottom of the foot vs. the top has been way more painful than I ever expected. About sometime last month I finally accepted that I will not be able to hike back in the mountains like I planned this summer. I’ve finally accepted that what I feel with my foot is constantly annoying; however, I still have a foot!
I had the surgery several years ago and have never regretted it, it did take a bit of getting used to having the numbness where the nerves were removed.
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