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Treebeard
01-19-2003, 10:38 AM
Anyone have any experiences with successful, non-surgical treatments for Mortons' Neuroma?

Anyone have any stories, good or bad, about the results of surgery for Morton's Neuroma?

Thanks Much !!!

Qadgop the Mercotan
01-19-2003, 10:59 AM
Most patients I've had with this eventually needed surgery. Some got a few months worth of relief with regular use of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Naproxen or others; some got a few years of relief with steroid injections. But most eventually went to surgery, and reported good results and relief with it, including my mother-in-law.

Hope that helps.

QtM, MD

istara
01-19-2003, 03:56 PM
Yes - wow, you are the first ever other person I have ever met to have this! Then again, it's not usually my ice-breaking line at parties.

I had this thing in my foot that bugged and twinged me for years and years. Often, after a long day's trudging around town shopping, it would throb and pang. Eventually, I got a specialist's appointment (on the NHS - wow!) and they told me it was a Morton's Neuroma.

Had an operation to remove it which was cool, my first ever op. Woke up sky high from the anaesthetic (never been drunk, never taken drugs - time I had some fun!) and remember trying to get out of my bed and some nurse telling me to shush back down and lie down. I think then I blacked out asleep for several more hours. Had no clue or sensation my foot was all bandaged when I came round and tried to get up.

Only had to stay in hospital for one night.

They told me I really should be off my feet for two weeks. I was 18, had this well-paid bar job in a local place and didn't want to lose it, I was back on my feet within 3 or 4 days working long, long shifts on my feet, to no ill avail. My mother IIRC butchered some old moccasin slipper to fit over the bandage, but I was back in trainers within 3 days.

Pain was never that bad - had prescription painkillers for the first day or so, after that just paracetamol or something.

Scar has totally vanished into all that thick "foot skin" - and honest to God I can never remember which foot it is in. I just reached down now - and it's the right - the only way I can tell is a slight numbness of skin between the two toes where the nerve was removed.

istara
01-19-2003, 03:58 PM
Oh I meant to add - they tried an arch support thing in my shoe for some time before, but it did f all to be frank. I didn't know what caused MN, but I've just Yahoo!-ed this site - http://www.podiatrychannel.com/mortonneuroma/ - and I would guess that it's because my right knee rotates slightly inwards for some reason, rolling my foot very slightly over compared to the left.