Monday, July 20, 2015

Foot surgery

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.


  1. Wishing you all the best with surgery and may it be a huge success, leaving you pain free and carefree again xxx
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  2. First step taken to pain free walking ... So happy the surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery my friend!!!

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  4. I am sure you are ready to get back to normal. I was out of commission for 1 year and that was a tough year. I think I gained 10 pounds just because I stopped walking. We had a nature park close to our house and we went every single afternoon. Then I had to get surgery and it ended.

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