I’m about to do something quite humbling: post a picture of my not-so-attractive foot. I’ve never been a fan of feet, much less my own. But, let me tell you, I became acutely aware of their existence about two years ago. My Morton’s Neuroma in my left foot was hampering my lifestyle to the point where I couldn’t comfortably walk over a mile, even with the best shoes and inserts.
So, was it worth it?
A year later, I have a loss of sensation in a very small area between my third and fourth toe, which hasn’t bothered me at all. I have no pain due to the neurosa removal and (aside from being app. 40 weeks pregnant right now), I can exercise with no pain. I also had the surgery just one month before my first child started crawling, so the timing was perfect. Within a couple weeks, I was hobbling around with no problem. And, within six weeks, I was fitting back into my regular shoes and getting on with life. And, one year later, I’m extremely pleased with the results (and the scar is barely noticeable!).
A few additional notes about surgery:
- I know that recovery varies for each person, but I am in my 20s, so I’m sure it helped expedite the process.
- I also had an excellent surgeon, which is obviously key to success.
- The worst part for me was coming off anesthesia. It gave me a pounding headache, accompanied by nausea.
So, what about my other foot?
I have a mild neuroma in my right foot, but it’s never been as bad as the one my right foot was. With proper footwear (I highly recommend getting Orthaheel or made-to-fit shoes), it’s been virtually unnoticeable.