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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Nov 18, 2010
ICE PIT 2011
Off to surgery tommorrow @ 9AM!!!

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By lisa c
Nov 18, 2010
Sunder, almost a year to date since my surgery.
Keep us posted! And may you be squeezing those newly happy feet into climbing shoes soon!

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Nov 19, 2010
ICE PIT 2011
So the surgery is done and the doctor removed the neuroma's from both feet. The neuromas were way bigger than what the ultrasound showed. He compaired the size of my neuromas to the tip of my fiance's pinky finger so im guessing they were 3mm to 3.5mm.

The out patient places don't mess around I woke up from being knocked out and they gave me some food and i was out the door 15 to 20 minutes later.... I was really suprised at that, I thought i would be in recovery for an hour or so.

They have my feet wrapped in ace bandages and i am wearing the the blue surgery boots. They said not to use any crutches and my feet are numb so when i have to walk i feel like a pirate with two wooden legs.

I go to see the Doctor next tuesday and to get the dressing changed.

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By Dara
From Boulder till winter
Nov 21, 2010
The Gurgler (the climb, not me!)
Sunder--
Hope your recovery is going well. I had this surgery 16 years ago--both feet--and while it was really painful at first, I was back running in 5 weeks. (okay, jogging....) It was probably a year before my feet felt "normal" and the tops of my toes are hypersensitive to this day, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I run, bike, and climb without foot pain--something I wouldn't be saying if I hadn't had the surgery. Good luck!

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By Sauce
From Golden, CO.
Nov 21, 2010
slackline at the AAC Climber's Ranch
Sunder,
I am scheduled to have surgery on my left foot on Dec.6. I seem to have one in my right foot as well but it is not problematic. I was hoping you could keep me posted on how the recovery is going. My Doc led me to believe I would be able to walk in a special shoe after 3-4 days and so I am hoping to take three days off work after surgery. Do you think that's consistent with your recovery time? Thanks for any info!

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Nov 23, 2010
ICE PIT 2011
I would say to take at least a week off, keep off you feet and ice it. If your only having the one foot done get some crutches so you can keep the weight off it and move around. If you go back to work make sure that you can keep it elevate your foot and ice it at work or else it will hurt and throb really bad.

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Nov 23, 2010
ICE PIT 2011
So i just had some bandages changed and was able to snap a picture of my feet to show what the surgery looks like. They still hurt pretty bad to put a lot of pressue on the front of the foot. The sitches come out in 7 days next wednesday.

Post surgery mortons neuroma
Post surgery mortons neuroma

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By lisa c
Nov 23, 2010
Hey, I recognize that state of Yeti feet.

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By Mary Moser
Nov 29, 2010
Climbing at Johnny Lang Crags in JTNP.
I've been suffering from this ailment in my right foot for 3 years now and it's seriously impacted my climbing and hiking (forget backpacking!). I no longer wear tight climbing shoes and I've switched to trail runners for hiking, which has helped. Slab climbing really aggravates this condition, so I try to stick to crack (my favorite type of climbing anyway!). I am apprehensive about surgery at this point, but may consider it since so many people in this forum have had a good experience with it. Thanks for the info!

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By Callie Rennison
From Boulder, Colorado
Nov 30, 2010
Looking good! You'll be so happy to be rid of those pesky neuromas!

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By Sherri Lewis
From Sequim, WA
Dec 6, 2010
Pausing to pose with the amazing cracks there.
I had a neuroma removed about 16 years ago while I was working in Australia. They went in thru the bottom of the foot and told me it was ok to return to normal activity as soon as I could tolerate being on the foot. Not the best advice to give a very active Type A personality. I did too much too soon and the pain returned with a vengeance. Went in for surgery again several months later to have the scar tissue and the nerve removed.

I was not a climber at the time but I was an avid jogger and the pain continued to restrict my participation in the activity for nearly a decade after the surgeries, despite spending a lot of money on podiatrists and their custom orthotics. Even walking around the house barefoot was painful.

The magic bullet which finally resolved the issue was a relatively cheap, semi-custom orthotic made for me by a shoe store owner. Go figure.

Six years later I'm wearing those same orthotics and enjoying running and climbing to my hearts content. Going barefoot is once again a pleasure I can indulge in.

The moral, if there is one, is that you may have to try more than approach or treatment and it may take some research and patience to find that right combination for your particular situation. Don't give up. If your feet aren't happy, nothing else will be either.

Best of luck with your surgery/recovery Sunder!

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Dec 6, 2010
ICE PIT 2011
So the stiches were taken out 6 days ago and i was finally able to put on gym shoes and drive. I stopped taking Vicodin 3 days before the stiches were removed.

The first 3 days were spent doing the old man shuffle your feet walk. Now i am walking better just a bit slower.

It is so weird to get use to the new sensations that i have in my foot. Like my toes rubbing on sheets at night in bed, it feels like they are hot and cold or wet. The other feeling is i feel like my pinky toes is crossed over my 4th toe. This is all starting to go away as time passes.

My foot is just a bit tender still but it will probably take 2-3 months for a full recovery. Im working on being able to curl my 3rd and 4th toes all the way, the scare is a little tight and preventing this.. I am also working on putting more preasure on the ball of my foot.

Picture of my cut up hobit feet 3 days after the stiches were removed.
Morton's Neuroam post stiches out
Morton's Neuroam post stiches out

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By Callie Rennison
From Boulder, Colorado
Dec 6, 2010
Looking good!

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By Greg G
From SLC, UT
Dec 6, 2010
The route in it's entirety.
Is this what I have to look forward to when I get older?

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Dec 6, 2010
ICE PIT 2011
Greg G wrote:
Is this what I have to look forward to when I get older?


Im only 28....

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By Jake Hutchins
Dec 6, 2010
Can I have the relocation done after a neuroma that's grown back 12 years after surgery to remove it?

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Dec 21, 2010
ICE PIT 2011
1 Month Post surgery.

Im walking normal with out pain.
Im back at working.
I walked a mile yesterday.
Able to swim... No hot tubs for 6 weeks though
I Put on my Mountaineering Boots with no pain. LaSportiva Nepals
Going to go to the gym and try climbing tonight.

I have no pain. After a while on my feet they do swell a little but that is expected for a couple months.
The Dr said after another 2-4 weeks of walking i can start running again!!!

The surgery was so worth it for me!

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By Callie Rennison
From Boulder, Colorado
Dec 24, 2010
Welcome to the "it was worth it" club! :)

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By Sauce
From Golden, CO.
Jan 7, 2011
slackline at the AAC Climber's Ranch
I am six weeks post surgery and eager to get out again. I definitely have some numbness in the web of my third and fourth toe. I did a little ice climbing and skiing on Monday but found my foot to be swollen and somewhat painful in my boots. Sunder, I was wondering if you have been able to get back in a climbing shoe comfortably? Have you noticed any negative effects on your balance? All in all the recovery has been swift and painless. Just wondering how things are coming along with you?

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Jan 10, 2011
ICE PIT 2011
Yep i have the numbness between the 3rd and 4th toes, but i don't notice it anymore. My Balance well is a little off noting really bad. Mainly when i have to go on one foot like putting on pants or standing on one foot. Climbing, walking, and lifting is helping me get my balance back, i think.

I do notice that on my right foor the scar is a little sore to the touch. I hoping that will go away in the next month or so.

I have notices that in my one pair of hiking boots that its a little tight around the top of the fore foot that does cause it to be uncomfortable to wear.

I have been in the gym back climbing about 2-3 days a week and lifting weights 4-5 days per week for about 2-3 weeks now. Climbing i am about 80-90% of where i was before, mainly off because of not moving for 2 months and getting out of shape. I have yet to try and foot jam anything. In the gym i have been able to walk 3miles on a varring incline between 3 & 10 degres. The next days it is usually a little tender/sore but nothing that is too extreme.

Climbing shoes and mountaineering boots really don't hurt. Climbing shoes i have been taking them off between climbing and wearing sandles.

Yesterday i was able to spend a full day out on ice WI3 & WI4 and able to walk in my mountaineering boots with out pain for the first time.

For me it was both feet so it was two different surgerys. Each foot will heal differently. My Left foot which was the worest is healing quicker that my right foot.

Also the docotor said no hot tubs for 3months, someing about infections. He did say it was ok to swim after a month, which i try to do once a week, especial if my feet are sore from the prevoius day and i wan to get some cardio in.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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By lisa c
Jan 10, 2011
Sounds like success! I'm so happy for you!

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Jan 11, 2011
ICE PIT 2011
Lisa thanks for all of the info and support!!!

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By kovarpa
Mar 4, 2011
I have symptoms of Morton's neuroma resulting from new ski boots. I have had the symptoms for about 3 months and are relatively mild compared to what others described here - really just super weird feeling of having a small pebble underneath my right forefoot... My question is whether there is a possibility that the symptoms may disappear or whether the only direction is for the symptoms to stay the way they are now or get worse?
I could not find much info on MD web and my podiatrist is somewhat useless... (yes, I should look for a different one but I hate going to doctors...).

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Mar 10, 2011
ICE PIT 2011
Couple things to try.

It will kind always be there, but with proper fitting shoes you can avoid it flaring up and being in pain.

-Get a different boot that is wider in the front of the foot.
-New Insole with a lot of arch support to take the pressure off the front of you foot.
-You can get a cusion that goes under where it hurts. There called Metatarsal Relief Pads
-Keep off it until the sympton goes away + 5 days.


The find a new doc

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By Marci
Apr 11, 2011
sunder wrote:
So i meet with the docotor today and we are going to stop the Injections of Cortizone and not do the Alcohol shots. I am going for a Ultrasound of my foot next thursday then they well determine if they do the decompression with relocate or the removal of the nerve if it is bigger that 2mm. Lisa, Thanks for the info i will contact him.


Spencer, who did you have preform your surgery? I am starting my search. How is your recovery going?

Thanks,

Marci

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