So, back to the update of working out: for a while now, I have been able to fully function for physical activity. Lifting, running, etc. I will admit, at first I had a bit of "I better ease into this" attitude, because I had been farting around with that MN for so long it had almost become a habit to be concerned with the "what if's" of if it gets strained or inflamed again. But I am happy to say it hasn't. I have been wearing my VFF, Altra, and Vivobarefoot shoes, and barefoot when I can, and things have gone beautifully. And I will still wear my correct toes every now and then, but the frequency is decreasing now that the supportive tissues are strong and positioned properly.
Anyway, I hope this info can be shared by you to others that need it, because, again, the whole reason I started this was that I had a feeling, from all of the info I was reading online before, that people were not able to really overcome the MN they were suffering with, and it is beyond frustrating. Especially when podiatrists might be trying to slam you right into orthotics and then putting you right into crappy shoes again. Good podiatry means hearing your concerns, looking at the evidence and history of your feet, watching you walk, looking at the shoes you wear, and trying to work backwards for a real restoration of the foot, instead of just trying to mask the symptom or the pain, which would only be temporary. You will know you are are at the right podiatrist office if they take the time with you and aren't trying to push you into buying something right away.
So, that's an update for anyone interested, as well as some info that might help you if you're working with a podiatrist.
Bless you all,