My last podiatrist suggested surgery, but I really felt that God didn’t want me to have surgery. I determined not to do it. Even when my husband’s supervisor was back to wearing his regular shoes–pain free–in just weeks and my sister-in-law’s best friend was back to running in no time. I just knew surgery was not the answer for me. So, for two years, I limped. I felt frumpy in my odd shaped MBT’s. I tried to dress ‘em up. I wore those shoes for two Christmas services and every sunday. I put them on immediately when I woke up and I wore them until bedtime. And they helped a ton! Sometimes I could walk normal and not even limp, but not always.
Finally, I felt at peace about trying to get it fixed, not that I hadn’t before but I was trying natural methods. Anyway, I called a Dr. in Austin and told him I was from out of town and wanted to have the cryosurgery procedure for my neuroma. He told me no. He told me to try alcohol injections first. And if that didn’t work, then go see him.
So I found a Dr. near me that does alcohol injections, he had an opening the next morning. I took it and prepared myself mentally for the torturous pain that these injections can cause. These injections are essentially chemically induced surgery.
Anyway, to sum it up, he said my foot was overly flexing between the toes and that was causing the metatarsal heads to squeeze the nerve that ran through them. He glued a metatarsal pad under my foot and told me to wear that for one week. After it falls off, I’m to compare how my foot feels with and without the pad.
The neuroma pain is gone. I can walk barefoot and with regular shoes. It’s a miracle.
But I’m in a different kind of pain. My back hurts and my foot hurts from walking with a limp for so long that my muscles are all weakened. Now I have to wear my MBT’s just to keep the muscles in my foot from hurting. But this is nothing compared to the repeated electrical shocks I was experiencing.
I can’t believe that a $10- $20 shoe insert was enough to take away the pain.
Now the neuroma is still there, but the cause of the neuroma is gone. So I’m going to continue taking my systemic enzymes to try and dissolve the scar tissue that has built up around the nerve. Hopefully it will completely go away. But even if it doesn’t, I’m pain free. And I can walk normally.
If I had had the surgery as my first podiatrist suggested, I would probably have suffered greater pain than the neuroma. The surgery is notorious for causing more problems than it cures.
God has been so good to me. I have to say that I feel so blessed right now.