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Thank you so much for this forum. I've had a neuroma for about 3 years now (just diagnosed a few months ago), and I haven't been able to run (or do anything that requires going up on your toes
yoga, pilates, dance, etc.) for all that time. A little while ago I decided I wanted the surgery just to get it cut out, but I've been reading so many horror stories, I'm realizing doctors are probably right to avoid surgery if at all possible! I'm also realizing that I haven't been committed enough to other options, and I'm ready to get serious. I'm going to my podiatrist in a week, and I'm hoping to begin a series of injections. I'll also finally spend the money on custom orthotics (I had so hoped the cheap ones would work!). <br />My question is, what are people's recommendations for comfortable shoes to wear around the housenot too expensive or bulky, but offering support?
Thank you so much!
Oh for Pete's sake! Now my ortho wants to halt my injections and start physical therapy. The pain on the top of my foot is worsening and he's questioning the effectiveness of the shots. Ughhh. I think I'm going to just sit on it for awhile...
Happy-Are you still running? The PT is just going to do a whirlpool, stimulator and ultrasound, if it's the same as mine. I personally think it's a waste, but then mine is worsening without it. I don't want to have to go to PT for the rest of my life, though! My pod appt. is Monday.
Hi. I've just learned that I have a neuroma and it resulted from running in shoes that were too small.
I don't get a burning pain but rather a dull pain. It's always there but it worsens when I wear shoes, which of course squeezes the foot.
I suggest that anyone looking for footwear should try the Nike CP 45 sandals. It has the most space that I've seen of any sandal. Only engage the bottom strap and there should be no pressure on your toes.
I'm about to get my first cortisone shots, but thanks to the board, I learned about the alcohol alternative which I"ll bring up with my specialist. Should I just go straight for the alcohol injection? I'm getting the impression that cortisone is just a masking agent for the pain.
Also may I add the site RateMDS
Its like RateMyProfessor but for doctors. Make sure you're getting someone who knows what he's talking about.
I was scheduled for my first cortisone shots with a certain specialist but I found terrible patient reviews of him. Therefore, I'm gonna ask to be referred to someone else.
Just got back from the pod. He didn't give me the alcohol last time, that's why it has been hurting. I asked him to go ahead and start the alcohol injections fully. He said it may take up to 8 of them to kill the nerve. I have a huge bruise around the injection point on both the top and bottom of my foot and it is still numb. It hurt like hell when he did it, but I am very excited that I'll get some positive help (I hope!)
ShelleyM - Did you get an MRI before your injections? If you did, was it accurate and what did it tell you?
I'm gonna ask to get a Ultrasound or MRI (maybe both!) before I get any kinda shot.
I'm not gonna assume they know where my neuroma is and how large it is just by feeling around.
Judging by this article in which they compare MRI vs Ultrasound, they both seem to be good precautions even though they may miss some things. Both had very similar results.
It also says that some people rather stick to clinical judgement over imaging because "is a waste of resources and sets a dangerous medico-legal precedent."
Screw that! I'm getting it!
bboy-I did have an MRI prior to my injections. The orthopedist ordered the MRI, then after the results, sent me to the podiatrist.
My foot is very swollen. I had the injection on Monday. I know for sure he hit the correct spot. I'm not sure how long it should be this swollen. I was on my feet quite a bit yesterday, but when I got home, kept it raised up. Now I am heading for some cycling miles, even though I probably shouldn't.
Happyfeet-Did you experience very swollen toes and top of foot from the first injection? I remember you saying bruising, but not anything about swelling. This is concerning me a bit. I think if it is still very swollen on Thursday, I'll give the pod a call. I have been taking ibupropren.
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I have to tell you all ..... the surgery isn't that bad. I was running within 2 months. And 8 miles within 3 weeks. If you really think it is a neuroma....do the surgery with a ortho....at least the coroszine (sp?) didn't help me. The longer you wait the more damage you can do to other parts your body.
Has anyone that had alcohol injections experienced pain starting around another toe? I feel like a knot is on the bottom of my 4th toe now. My toes are still swollen...I go for the 2nd injection next week. I certainly hope it gets better.
Thanks to this thread, I plan to make an appt w/a new pod this week. The neuroma on my right foot prevented me from running for quite some time. But I gradually returned to running which helped me lose 40 lbs. During that time the neuroma didn't bother me
until now. After unsuccessful cortisone injections a couple yrs ago I figured surgery was my only optionuntil reading this thread. I'll have to locate a pod whose willing to try alcohol treatment. But even if that does end up working, my bunions refuse to be ignored much longer...
Brand new to this site.... I found this forum on a web search and hope that you runners don't mind a golfer joining in the discussion.
It sounds like some of you have had success with the alcohol injections. How long did it take before you felt some relief?
I had custom orthotics for a bunion, a few months later I had the right foot neuroma pain. Right from the beginning, it's been debilitating. I've had 3 cortisone shots in my right foot, and the left foot has had one (the left neuroma started shortly after the right one). The cortisone was a real relief for about 2 weeks at a time. Now I'm on to alcohol injections and had my 3rd today. The balls of my feet swell up after each shot and I can hardly walk for about 2-3 days each time. (I did have a flare up with the first cortisone shot, and I couldn't walk for about a week.) My dr told me that it's too early to know if they will work. For those of you who got relief, when did you know that the alcohol was working?
He said that we will re-evaluate after 5 alcohol shots and if they aren't working, we will go to surgery. Does anyone know what kind of recovery time? If the alcohol doesn't work, I will have to have have my right foot done first with the bunion, then later the left foot.
Sorry for all the questions. I'm getting frustrated. And the pain just seems worse. And since I can hardly do anything, I've gained 10 pounds - just to make me more depressed!!
I'd appreciate any help that anyone can give me!
Babyblue- I have only had 1, and I have the same swelling you are describing. I tried going for a 5 mile walk yesterday, and now my foot is swollen again (my 1st injection was 1 1/2 weeks ago.) I am just wondering. This may sound very silly, but have you noticed any weight gain since your cortisone injections and the alcohol? I have been doing my normal bike riding and eating the same as usual, and I have gained 2 lbs. Does this sound familiar at all? Anyway, I would listen to the pod. I am told by mine that it may take up to 8 injections.