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Has anyone had non-surgical success taming a morton's neuroma?

Last fall I was told I had the clinical symptoms of a morton's neuroma.  I ignored it thinking  it would go away.  It didn't.

Ultra sound confirmed it.  Podiatrist shot it with cortisone today and instructed me to use a metatarsal pad.  

He said it may take 3 more shots of cortisone, and if that doesn't work then he uses alcohol injections.  Last resort is surgery.
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A friend was diagnosed with this. He went to my pediatrist and was fitted with an orthopedic insert. He swears it saved his hiking and running lifestyle.
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I won't know for sure until I get out for a hike this weekend or maybe next (may have to stay home this weekend to tend to the sump pump backup that might be caused by the flooding) but a day after the shot my foot feels less annoying already.

And he did give me some felt to make metatarsal pads for my shoes.  Based on your friend's experience I'll be sure to keep one in my shoe all the time.
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After a period of conservative treatment and shots, I've had neuromas from both feet removed (from the top).  Except for some time limping around and being careful for recovery, I've had absolutely no bad affects except for a bit of minor numbness on the pad of one foot that is hardly noticeable.

I was given the option to continue to hobble around and not be as active as I wanted to be,  or do the surgery.  I went directly to the last resort. It was a relatively simple day surgery procedure.  Just make sure the cutter has lots and lots of practice.

In retrospect, I still very much think it was the right decision.

I have changed my foot wear choices to where I have plenty of toe box room, and don't wear fabric boots/shoes.  The latter can be laced up too tightly possibly resulting in the formation of scar tissue around the nerve sheaths.  

I suggest better footwear to others at every chance.


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I have suffered with morton's neuroma since 2008.  The shooting pains in my feet made hiking/backing unbearable some days.  I have seen at least 3 podiatrists, none offered any acceptable treatments until  the last one who also happens to be a hiker/runner.

She passed the cortisone because it is just a temporary fix.  She recommended we try the alcohol injections -  what a freakin miracle for me.  I required 4 shots in the right foot with complete cure - no pain, and have had 5 shots in the left with 95% relief from pain.  I could have another shot - she only does up to 7 before surgery is the alternative.  But I am cheap, would have to start on that damn deductible again, so I am putting up with the slight pain.  I have NO side effects from the injections.  They were only slightly painful when injected and the deadening agent in the injection made the site numb for the day, but what a relief.

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I have suffered with morton's neuroma since 2008.  The shooting pains in my feet made hiking/backing unbearable some days.  I have seen at least 3 podiatrists, none offered any acceptable treatments until  the last one who also happens to be a hiker/runner.

She passed the cortisone because it is just a temporary fix.  She recommended we try the alcohol injections -  what a freakin miracle for me.  I required 4 shots in the right foot with complete cure - no pain, and have had 5 shots in the left with 95% relief from pain.  I could have another shot - she only does up to 7 before surgery is the alternative.  But I am cheap, would have to start on that damn deductible again, so I am putting up with the slight pain.  I have NO side effects from the injections.  They were only slightly painful when injected and the deadening agent in the injection made the site numb for the day, but what a relief.

Hope this helps.

Sheri

My podiatrist mentioned the alcohol injections.  He said it was the step after the cortisone.  he claims about 50% of his patients get complete relief just with the cortisone shots.

I got out Saturday morning for a 4.5 mile hike.  No pain whatsoever, although I was aware of the metatarsal pad under the left foot.  I put one in my right shoe also but never felt that one.
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I hope that works for you.  Not sure how long you have had it, mine was chronic.  I had already tried orthotics, many different shoes, voltaren gel - given to me by a disinterested podiatrist with no result.

I hope the therapy works for you, but if not the alcohol injections were the ticket for me.

I had cortisone for my plantar fascitis - temporary fix but heaven while it lasted, and some very expensive orthotics $500 and a brace for over night.  Feet problems just plain flat suck, and makes backpacking a real chore, a few times I have thought about just packing it in.

But after the injections, i was able to do a 27 mile day hike a few weeks ago, so it's getting better.

Now I am on to my jacked up toenails from hiking.  And we love this why??

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I did cortisone , and custom foot inserts.  I am not sure they did alcohol back then, an operation was next so I went to an Ortho, for a second opinion. He said he would have to do more than just one visit to determine things, but suggested I just wear wider shoes (narrow shoes is what caused it). When I went back to the Podiatrist to my surprise the Ortho had written him and he said he could no longer operate, so I tried wide shoes, wider than what I would normally wear.  It works as long as I don't wear narrow shoes (or ski boots).

That has not worked for some friends, and others have not had successful operations, so results vary . . .
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It has been a month and so far all is good.  I've been out hiking all of the last 3 weeks using three different pairs of hiking boots and no pain whatsoever.
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