Foot pain diagnosis: Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma

For those of you who were wondering how my feet were doing, since I mentioned how painful they were in my trips to San Gorgonio and the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra, they are doing a little better. Not a lot, but there has been improvement. I went to the foot doctor and was diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma, defined as:

“…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.” –Mayo Clinic

I’ve purchased new hiking shoes, bought new everyday shoes, modified my Superfeet inserts, and had a cortisone shot in my foot. The bright side is that I no longer am awakened at night by foot pain. The not-so-bright side is that I still feel regular pain, especially when walking on uneven surfaces, like a rock in the trail or along a hillside. I will continue to seek treatment to improve this, because “this aggression will not stand, man.

But nothing is keeping me from the trails.

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  1. says

    I went through something similar. I had been hiking a lot more than I ever had before, and I came down a mountain too fast… and boom. Foot pain for 4 months. I tried to hike through it, but it didn’t get any better. I ultimately had to get off of my feet and stay off for a while. I did not like it. In my case, it ended up being a good thing because I was always a little over-ambitious, and being more cautious also made me slow down and enjoy it more. At any rate, I totally know how you feel about not letting it keep you from the trails. I do a lot of odd stuff to keep feeding this obsession.

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