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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Morton's Neuroma

So after all of the doctor's appointments and test, I've finally been told that it is a Morton's Neuroma.  Basically it's a bundle of nerves between my 4th and 5th metatarsal that have been pinched and caused an inflammation.  The doctor was great and found the sweet spot quickly.  She had me feel it- I would have never realized the pain was actually from there until I touched it!  It was like  big tumor between the bones.

I was given a cortisone shot and then some steroid pills to take.

I was also told that I would need orthotics to keep it from happening all over again.  I was given temporary inserts that would help me while I heal.

Cute right?

The BEST news was that after all of this time, I was told that as long as the steroids took care of the pain that I could try running TOMORROW!  I'm somewhat frustrated that if that's all it took, I could have taken care of it weeks ago and not lost all of my progress that I worked so hard for!!!  Oh well.  I guess it was probably good for my body to take some time off.  

Oh, and she also suggested I looked for new, roomy in the toe box shoes.  Best. Doctor. EVER!  Who wouldn't like a doctor that gives them permission to buy new running shoes?

Next Triathlon is this Sunday.  I was planning to DNS, but I think I may try it (carefully and slowly of course) and the doctor said I could as long as I wasn't in a lot of pain before or during.  She said I would probably see a flair up afterwards if I felt ANY pain during.  I think she knows me and knows I'll do it anyway....  DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!  

Anyone else have a Neuroma and have any advice for me?  How did yours heal?  Do you have any issues now?  

Anyone have roomy shoe suggestions???

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