Thank you for all the advice on yesterday’s biking post. I plan on re-reading all the comments and seeing what steps I need to take to make myself more comfortable and relaxed.
I had never heard of Morton’s Neuroma until my foot appointment on Tuesday. But that seems to be my diagnosis. Check out the X-Ray of my foot:
According to the Mayo Clinic:
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.
Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.
Apparently I have a slightly more serious condition because I have this feeling between three sets of the toes on my left foot instead of just one set.
The definition above definitely describes what I am feeling. So, what now?
- Speciality topical treatment is being made that I will use directly on my toes. I pick it up tomorrow.
- 4-6 weeks with no barefoot classes (HUGE sadface at this one)
- Wear pads in my shoes like THIS
- Wear sneakers with proper inserts/pads as much as possible.
- Go barefoot as little as possible (even when home)
It is very depressing to me to think of what I CAN’T do for 4-6 weeks. Seriously depressed to think no Core Barre or Yoga for that time. So, I am trying to turn it around to what I CAN do. I can . . .
- Take any exercise class where they wear shoes. So this is a great chance to try new things.
- Ride my bike hence why I want to figure out how to get comfortable on it.
- Take pool classes.
- Shop for new shoes. Apparently New Balance makes some that are perfect for this condition.
These are my first ever New Balance shoes. They have a special insert in them. You will notice – NO PINK. My other THREE pairs of sneakers are all mainly pink so I decided I needed something to go with the rest of my wardrobe.
The thing that is really odd and I am not sure quite what to do is at home. The doctors tend to think I should wear shoes all the time. I am definitely your barefoot kind of person. The first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes and socks. That is going to be weird. It looks like I might be able to stick one of the pads in my house shoe. Then I wouldn’t be barefoot, but I wouldn’t be wearing shoes around the house either. So I will see if that works.
I am anxious to try to topical treatment that is being made to see how it works. I “feel” everything on that foot and am always aware I have toes and therefore, toes that hurt.
I have definitely slacked at workouts this week. But I knew had I a crazy busy week plus I need to get my shoe situation settled before doing anything so I am giving myself this week. Next week, back to the gym, back to workouts. Just not Core Barre and Yoga.
Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Have you ever had this?
Have a healthy day!