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I have read in many places that I have to be prepared to accept a list of aches, pains, niggles and injuries over the next few months, I actually have a long list of physical breakdowns from playing sport in the past so I think I am ready for whatever is thrown at me, which is a good job…
The last three runs I have made have lead to an almost identical pain, at exactly the same point (2km) - I get a burning sensation near the toes on my left foot. A (very) quick googling gave me this (and many similar) result.
I have ‘Neuroma’, which is less serious than it sounds.
Ice and maybe pads, I can deal with that if I am to Run for the Empire!
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I have, in the past, lamented to you about the problem of my feet falling asleep when I run. This usually happens after about 2 miles, and was getting increasingly worse despite my best efforts to fix the problem (tie laces tighter, looser, upside down, different stride, different socks, different sports bra, voodoo, etc). I got a lot of advice and feedback from you awesome folks, but sadly none of it worked.
I finally sucked it up and went to visit the podiatrist a week or so ago, and he said it was foot neuroma. The premise is that with ‘sheer force’ (giggle), a nerve in my foot swells. It initially feels like my socks are folded around the balls of my feet, and gradually spreads until I’m running on rubber feet. Fortunately, he said it wasn’t causing any permanent damage, although it’s obviously a safety concern to be running without feeling the road. He recommended new sneakers since mine were getting older and probably a bit “sloppy”, and said that if the problem persisted I should remove the soles and try full gel inserts.
I was (and still am) planning on getting something with some extra cushion, but I was shoe shopping with a wine buzz this weekend and saw these beauties:
I know, I know…Skechers ew. BUT I’m kind of excited about taking them for a run. They’re extremely light and technically fall into the minimalist sneaker movement, but they are designed with a lift in the arch area designed to promote a midfoot strike. They weren’t great for walking since the heel is dropped a bit, but I think they’ll be a different story for running. Also…we should probably take a moment to appreciate their cool color.
Speaking of cool colors, apparently I love them when I’m wine-buzzed shoe shopping because I got these too. Sort of like Minnie Mouse shoes, right?
And finally, in an effort to appease readers who like all kinds of shoes, I’ll also show you my third shoe porn entry recently purchased: I think they kind of look like hooves, but in a hot way (just go with it).
the symptoms & the swirl
this past fall i started noticing a tightness in my right foot when i got out of bed in the morning, something i was aware of and then would forget about until the next day. over christmas, i went to tampa to visit family and found relief by putting my foot in front of the jet in their hot tub but the next morning my foot was so tight i was limping on it.
i made an appointment with a new foot doctor and he did x-rays but didn’t see anything out of the norm (i was expecting stress fracture from yoga or something). he did suggest i probably had a morton’s neuroma in between my 3rd and 4th bones but that i should go on my upcoming yoga teacher training in mexico as i wouldn’t do any damage to it and we’d take care of it when i returned.
in the following months, i started noticing tightness in my right pointer finger knuckle. this is the finger i used to mouse with heavily (graphic designer) until switching to a wacom pen last year. but it hurt! not always, but enough that i was noticing.
by the time i left for mexico for my yoga trip in march, my foot was visibly swollen on top, often somewhat bruised looking, and it hurt to walk on it much of the day. when i got to mexico, within 24 hours both my foot and finger stopped hurting. no symptoms all week. i knew that arthritis was often aggravated or relieved by climate but i didn’t put too much thought into it. as soon as i was home again, the symptoms flared. so i went and got an mri of my right foot.
the doctor called to say there wasn’t an neuroma in my foot after all, but an unexplained mass that he wanted to remove. i remember him calling me and saying, “it’s not one of the three things i would typically diagnose but i remember you mentioning a stiffness in your hands. sometimes masses develop in rheumatoid arthritis patients.” i shrugged it off and ended up scheduling my surgery for what would have been this upcoming thursday.
this is when i noticed that there were new symptoms each morning in my feet. it wasn’t just my right foot anymore, but now my left. and the pain was different. less of a throbbing on the top and more of a tingling sensation in the balls of my feet. i brought this to the attention of my doctor’s resident who told me i was likely overcompensating for my right foot with my left. uh, no. i started to realize that having surgery on my foot wasn’t going to help me if i was feeling symptoms in both feet.
so i decided to take matters into my own hands and went to three acupuncture sessions that focused on my feet and hands. the acupuncturist wanted to look at me holistically and that was really appealing to me. i loved the sessions and felt intense heat and motion in my fingers while i was laying on the table. but within the three weeks of doing acupuncture, my symptoms went crazy. my knuckles on six of fingers grew so large that i couldn’t wear the rings i’d worn for years. when i woke up in the morning, not only could i barely bend my fingers for the first few minutes but now both feet were hurting so badly i could barely walk — sometimes not for ten minutes; sometimes not for a few hours.
one morning i woke up to take a friend to the airport hours before i’d normally be awake and the pain was so horrible i couldn’t walk down the porch steps without holding the railing. this was the breaking point where i knew i needed to do something more. i found a rheumatologist online and scheduled an appointment for the following day.
the first thing the rheumatologist asked me was who had referred me to which i said, “myself. hope that’s ok.” i was clearly a lot younger than many of his patients. he looked at my feet and thought i should get a second opinion on the mass before getting cut open. he took one look at my shoes and thought i had plantar fasciitis from wearing such poor footwear on hardwood floors all the time (i went home and bought 5 new pairs of shoes, of course). he took a look at my hands and said he didn’t think anything too serious was wrong but that he’d do blood work and x-rays to be sure.
three days later he called to tell me i had significant but low rheumatoid factors in my blood and that he wanted to treat me for rheumatoid arthritis. what i appreciate about my doctor was that he told me he was a bit puzzled because the inflamatory markers — almost always monitored and elevated in r.a. patients — were perfectly normal. he prescribed me a month of tapering prednisone, the miracle drug that would mask my symptoms until we could talk through a longer term solution. he even personally called my foot doctor so they could co-treat me. we decided together that my mass was now likely explained by r.a. and that getting this new disease controlled was more important than opening me up. surgery cancelled.
that was the swirl leading up the diagnosis and even though the first few days were a bit of a shock, i felt better in general just knowing what i had. the out of control feeling of not knowing what was going on with me subsided. now i felt like i could do research and manage what was going on. in a way, knowing i had r.a. made me feel a whole lot better than i had for the three months prior.
-itis -itis -itis
-itis INFLAMATION! Running leads to itis. I guess doing anything thousands of times in a row on a regular basis would.
So, right now I’m dealing with capsulitis on the second toe of my left foot. Yuk. Not a huge deal, but still a bit painful.
I also have a neuroma in my right foot, heel spurs on both feet, tight IT band, esp on my left.
I have an inflamed TFL (tensor fasciae latae) on my left hip that I need to get a PT script for.
Thankfully, none of these things are preventing me from running right now, and I’ve been more conservative about building milage and getting treatment early than I used to be.
But, it’s just part of running. Stuff hurts. Treat it, be smart, and always have your goal of being healthy to run next week. In other words, don’t go for a run this week that is going to injure you so you can’t run next week. Take a day off early in an injury instead of later.
Patience. It might be the hardest running skill to aquire. I’m still working on that one!
OWWWW :( The other day I woke up with a pain in my pinky toe. No injuries or bruising, no bite marks, just a random pinching pain. It got worse as the day got later, and it would shoot pain up my thigh and then my fourth toe started hurting too. I went to a foot doctor on thursday and he wiggled my toes, and noticed a clicking noise. Ow, that was my nerve. He said it sounded like Morten’s Neuroma which is a swelling of the nerve tissue between my fourth and fifth toe, caused by the bones rubbing when I walk. He gave me a cortisone injection on the top of my foot in between the toes. ow ow ow ow it is something that fills in the space and spreads my pinky toe away so the nerve has a cushion and can heal .It also had some numbing medication in the shot, so my foot was feeling great for the rest of the day but now it’s worn off and fucking hell it hurts and I’m just lying in bed. I have a choir performance tomorrow, and I’m singing Dona Nobis Pacem which is about 40 minutes long and I’m not looking forward to standing that long in heels :(
I’ve developed a Morton’s Neuroma in my left foot. Went to the podiatrist after experiencing tingling during a 30km walk in the weekend. Hoping we have caught it early and now have inserts in my shoes to splay my toes. I cannot recommend a trip to the podiatrist enough if you have any issues with your feet and you do a lot of walking/running/tramping. Don’t leave it.
The contributing factor to this happening I think is that my left foot is bigger than my right so often when I buy shoes they fit nicely on the right but are a little tight on the left thus putting the squeeze on my toes. Might start buying for the left and padding out the right if necessary.
so last night at class i had excrutiating foot pain. it was so awful that i couldnt even get onto my toes in hard shoe, so i danced completely flat footed.
today i went to the doctor and they think its either a sprain or a neuroma, but i wont know for sure until i go to ortho next week.
in the mean time i was wondering if any of you guys have delt with neuromas and what i can do to make dancing with them feel any better. please, if any of you know anything, let me know too.