By the time you read this, I will already have had foot surgery at Linksfield Clinic to remove a Morton's neuroma from my right foot.
It started about 4 years ago while we were hiking at Groenkloof Nature Reserve, and has gotten progressively worse over the years with almost constant pain in my foot. After walking anything more than about 2km's, my toes go numb, my foot burns and it feels like I have a hot coal in my shoe.
The surgeon did a cortisone injection into my foot before my recent Alaskan adventure; it reduced the pain a bit, but not a lot. Many days I just pushed myself to keep going while on holiday, and occasionally took pain killers.
All the non-surgical treatments no longer work - heat and ice packs, I now wear a bigger size shoe (and I look for wide shoes/boots/sandals so that my foot is not compressed - remember the 'ugly shoe' blog post??), and I've also tried using orthotics. Nothing really works, so the surgeon is taking the damaged nerve out of my foot.
I'm looking forward to walking regularly in my neighbourhood again, and doing some gentle hikes once my foot has healed.