Morton's Neuroma surgery

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Hi, 

I would like to share my experience with you regarding the surgery.  I had a surgery on both feet, one on October 18 and the other on November 22.  The two surgeries are around 5 weeks apart and i'm currently on week 9 and week 4 post op.  Both the surgeries went pretty well and the doctor cut it from the top.  I was out for less than two hours and able to go home in around 4 hours.

I'm able to put some weight on in a surgical shoes in a couple of days.  After one week, the doctor allowed me to walk on a normal shoes (sandals).  After two week, the stiches are removed.  The pain and swollen continue for a few more weeks especially after a long day standing.  Getting up in the morning and the first 5-10 steps are pretty painful and got better after i walk on it.

I think the success or failure of the surgery also has alot to do with the skills of the doctor and also the structure of your feet.  As of my case, i first had a surgery on the left foot.  The doctor told me that the surgery was very complicated as my nerves are not running alongside the bone but under the bone.  He needed to dug in deeper and also difficult for him to hide the nerve alongside the bone to prevent a stump to be formed.  Because of that, he believed that the recovery will take abit longer due to the damage associated with the surgery.  He insisted very strongly that i have to continuously massage the nerve to avoid the stump to be formed and hopefully i don't need to redomthe surgery.

The other foot is more like a breeze.  He opened it up and everything is nice and easy.  He expected it to heal much sooner than the previous foot.  I'm four weeks into the surgery and i can definitely say that i already felt much better than the 9 weeks post op on my left foot.

As of now, the doctor already cleared me to play sports as much as my feet allow me too.  I'm already starting to do a light jog.  The pain that i have are usually on the fourth toe on both of the feet.  I also have a numbness on some of the toes but nothing major. I hope that everything will slowly getting better and no setback whatsoever.

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    The doctor is also encouraging me to try to use my feet as i would normally use them.  I felt about 80% now.  The good thing is the pain that i still have is not the same kinda pain as when i had the neuroma.  I believe that all the current pain are the result of the damage during the surgery which will slowly heal.  I'm keeping my heads up and hope to get back playing basketball in a couple of weeks.  Will try to update this post when i can. Thanks and hope i can be of a help.

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    I was told not to message the leg ankle or foot in case of a clot. I am glad for you. I am managing the pain during the day with keeping busy... at night I have no choice but to take pain meds and Benadryl to get to sleep... time will tell.
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      I hope you make a good progress with the recovery. I think it is important to be patience. The nerves are pretty complicated and the recovery time can really be unpredictable. Always stay positive. Good luck.
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      Thanks you for taking the time to respond with your experience. If for nothing else, it's nice to know people care enough to read and respond to someone's questions when they are injured or sick. Merry Christmas

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      Merry Christmas and please let me know whenever i can be a help. I'm learning more about it everyday too. It is usually not as simple and straightforward as it seems. Expect the worse and you'll be surprise that it is not too bad. That's how I approach it from day 1.

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      So I went to my regular doctor today. He felt my leg to see if it was hot. It was normal. He looked at my toe and said, you have Gout! I couldn't believe it. I never had gout my entire life. After doing more research , i found that after losing a substantial amount of weight or a surgery can cause the Gout. I have both issues.

      He took blood to verify and got me a prescription called Indomethacin. Took one pill already. Let you know how it goes!

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      I think that both the surgery and the weight loss contributes to it. Also my normal diet changed since the day I got hurt, although both the diet before and after were not directly contributing towards gout. I am not 100% sure it's gout until I have relief and the pain, redness and swelling go away. I am now on my third pill which I took about 30 minutes ago. I must say this pain is crazy when i comes on and it supersedes any pain I have had involved with my surgery 10 times over. I will continue to keep you informed until the solution is found...

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      Well the meds didn't work. Dr insists I have Gout still. Ortho dr won't call me back. Continue to speak to his secretary which is like talking to my dog about medical issues. My regular Dr just put me on prednisone. The pain gets real hard at night and oxycodone doesn't touch it. Tonight is one of the worst ones so far. Being Christmas is two days away, I am sure no dr will be available unless I end up in the ER again. Never been sick my entire life. Broke my leg and my foot and toe feel like if I cut them off, it would be better! Prettt crazy.... sorry about the rant. I wish a Dr who had experience with this stuff would see this and at least talk with me about it. Ugh!

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    Hello, that is so helpful you shared your realistic and positive experience. I feel more confident about getting mine done soon and my surgeon said as long as it is a good surgery and done well, it can be successful like yours. 
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      Since i had a surgery on both feet and i can see the big differences on the normal and complicated case. I can really say that in a normal case, the recovery can be very quick. You can almost walk normally in around 3-4 weeks. The post op pain are not bad, i dont even take a painkillers. I hope things will go easy for you and may you have a speedy recovery.
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    I'm going in for the same thing I'm nervous because I hate needles and I don't know how long I will asleep for? What bandage did they use?

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    Hello new to the forum, I had surgery yesterday to remove a neuroma in right foot.

    So far so good as I have had no pain as of yet, walking with crutches, but am able to bear some weight already. Praying for a good outcome as I have been dealing with foot issues for about 10 years. 

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      Hi, Hope you have a great recovery.  It is over a year for me now and i’m doing fine. I got back to normal activities. Still have some numbness and have to be selective with shoes.  I still experience some discomfort occasionally but not too bad. Good luck.
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