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.