Friday, June 20, 2014

Listen to your toes - a lightbulb moment

So, I was just taking look at my toes yesterday, June 19, 2014, now that my foot is getting back to proper anatomy and feeling way better, and I realized that the callouses I had on each pinky toe, on the bottoms, are gone.  You see, I had these callous shapes of an upside down triangle, I guess that would be the easiest way to imagine it/describe it, on each pinky toe.  As far back as I can remember, I had those things and I never thought anything of it!  So, from a symptom side of things, my toes were "telling" me that my footwear was too tight in the toe box!  I'm so ticked I did not think to pause and ponder that back then.  It was an opportunity for what could have been a great Aha! moment.  But it might still help one of you readers.

So, for those of you that are familiar with the general symptoms, please check the toes of your kids, because I know for sure had the callouses when I was in high school playing football, as well as during college football.  Not to mention, I had the callouses even in the off season when I wasn't in cleats, which means I haven't been in correctly fitting shoes, athletic or otherwise, for more than 18 years.  So, long story short - I think the callous check should be added to the medical symptoms board for Morton's Neuroma.

Happy Healing!

Friday, June 13, 2014

I believe I have this thing beat!

Well, it's with great pleasure that I can say that I have this thing beat!  

Shane 1, Morton's Neuroma 0

It's been close to 6 months since I really understood what the problem was with my foot, so I am hesitant to say it's 100% healed, but if it's not 100% it is definitely 99%!  I'll explain why it might be 99% in a minute

Again, always check with your doctor on anything you engage with for your health or body, but I want to at least list for everyone what I did to restore the neuroma.  I cannot guarantee this will work for everyone, because the simple truth remains that there are too many variables involved in healing and the path you take - age, your podiatrist's actions, your healing biology, stage of the nerve, your footwear, whether you address the root cause, etc.

But that said, here is what I did which worked for me, in order:

  1. I got out of crappy conventional shoes and started wearing something that is anatomically correct.  Even brand names can be crappy for certain people.  Do the shoe liner test!  Get to zero-drop.  Allow the toes to spread.
  2. I ordered and started wearing Correct Toes.  I wore them at every moment I could, and I still wear them when I am not wearing my Vibram Five Fingers.
  3. I got the dehydrated alcohol injections, also known as sclerosing.  I received 3 injections about 10 days apart.
  4. After each injection, I would wear my Teva sandals, to make sure I did not get an infection (kept the injection site clean).  I made sure I was not doing anything strenuous to the foot or toes.  I used a metatarsal pad every day, which allowed the metatarsals to stay spread and keep space between the bones.
  5. I made sure I stayed up on Vitamin B complexes, which studies show are critical for nerve health.  I also started taking some enzymes.  

As I mentioned above, the reason I say 99% is that I think I have minor scar tissue from the injection itself, which is what I believe I feel in the joint; it's definitely not the neuroma.  And knowing my body, that tissue/sensation will probably go away within the month.   

That's about it.  Feel free to write with any questions, but I really think these steps could really revolutionize the NM population that is dealing with it.  In my humble opinion, I believe you can beat it!


Friday, June 6, 2014

11 Days after Injection #3

As expected, my progress after the 3rd injection has gotten me to a point where I feel it's improved about 90% from the worst level of pain prior to the injections.  

As I have been getting the injections, I am following a regimen that I kind of created in which I am NOT putting my feet into any conventional shoes; I have been wearing my Vibram Five Fingers or Teva sandals close to 95% of the time at work or when I go out.  I have also stopped doing any working out for the time being, simply because I do not want to stress any areas of the metatarsals just yet, beyond normal walking or daily activity.  

One thing I have taken record of with the injections is that the pain associated with the injection stays about the same for 4 days post injection, and then starts to have a daily improvement.  Also, since I have been wearing my VFF more than any other footwear during the past 10 days, I am noticing that my foot muscles are getting sore.  I take this as a good thing, from a bio-mechanics perspective, because that means the muscles are developing to more appropriately handle proper foot strike, gait, and toe splay contractions during walking.  

From my time researching all of this, I am convinced that most people suffering from MN are not tackling the issue from the root cause side as well as the healing methodology side (I believe sclerosing / alcohol injections are the best option so far).  Both must be addressed if you ask me.

I'm not sure I will be getting the 4th injection, but if I do, I will certainly post about it.  Again, my end goal is to create a platform online in which people will hopefully find this info, make their own informed decision as they see fit, and get healed.  So, if you know of anyone with this problem, please share the blog.  It could end up saving someone a lot of pain and a lot of money, and in some cases a lot of regret.