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!


1 comment:

  1. Hey Shane. Did the scar tissue from the injection eventually go away too? Also, do you have any tips on placing the metatarsal pads on the insole? Should they be placed right where the pain is at? Should they be places below where the pain is at, towards the heel? Thanks...


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