It has been 9 very long weeks since I had surgery to remove the neuroma from my left foot.
How did the surgery go?
The bottom line is that I am still having quite a bit of pain in the foot which is not great news. This also means I am not running.
Prior to the surgery, I was not having constant pain in the foot the way I am now. It really only gave me trouble with running (usually longer than 3 miles) as well as prolonged standing.
So this is a bummer. However, I am trying my very best to be optimistic.
I am in physical therapy and trying not to think about the worst case scenario.
What would be the worst case scenario?
A stump neuroma which occurs in about 35% of these surgeries. This could require additional treatment/surgery.
The good news-
I am able to stand on my feet at work all day (which at one point I was scared I wouldn’t be able to do) with a lot of discomfort, but not terrible pain. Let me tell you, nothing will make you appreciate your job more than fearing you won’t be able to return to it.
I am able to go for walks, spin, and do weights.
The bad news-
I have no idea when, and if, this foot is going to get better. My doctor says it could take 9 months!
I can’t run and no matter how much I tell myself that cross training is good for me, running is my true love.
So, this is where I am for now. I am hoping that I will continue to see gradual improvements and eventually the foot will just get better on its own. If I continue to see no real improvement, I plan to seek treatment at the Morton’s Neuroma Institute in Massachusetts. I plan to go there before considering a second surgery which could also be unsuccessful.