Hi Ade, well it was the surgeon who recommended it as of course when you have the nerve removed that's it...kaput...for any feeling in those toes, and when you run (and even generally) you really benefit from feeling.
The surgery *is* more involved and skilled to get the spaces absolutely right, and I hate to say it but if you have on NHS then - quite naturally - they need to look at cost Vs benefit and the more involved the surgery, the costlier.
I didn;t ask how many more he had done but he certainly knew what he was doing. It was 2012 I had the surgery and have been pain free since - though I am also more aware so don;t wear vertiginous heels, or compression socks, or anything that would irritate it anymore. Very occasionally (after marathon distance) I can start to "feel" an ache now, but it goes after a while and may be more linked to me being more aware of my feet.
Before the op I had the pain for about 6 months and was like walking on glass which started occasionally but then developed to almost permanently, if I turned fast, or got the camber wrong it took my breath away and my knees just crumpled with the pain. I ran in tears an awful lot!
Feel free to ask whatever Qs you have - I am also at "firstname.lastname@example.org" if easier?
Hi Ade, aha, I wa notified of a reply! Okay now my surgeon wa Magnus McLaren at the Spire in Havant. Fantastic surgeon and it helps that his son is an ultra runner so he absolutely understands the need to run.
Oh gawd - how on earth did we take 4:58 to finish...and one broken-ankled green bottle! It was a fab run (well, stagger) and certainly one for again next year! How did you get on? Was it you who finished all the wine at the last stop?