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Morton's neuroma surgery

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 21:32

Hi There!

Thanks for sharing your experience. I am REALLY pleased I had the surgery in October 2013. I am now pain free. This is brilliant- as before the op I was getting electric shock pains in my foot. Now I have some permanent numbness and it feels a bit like i have a crease in my sock when I walk.......; but I am satisfied with this result.

My surgeon is very cautious about me exercising too soon causing the wound to break down. I have been told not to exercise until the New Year. This is ok- and I am looking forward to using the gym again in January! I hope to start running outside again once the evenings are lighter. It has taken a year from being seen by my GP and then referred on the NHS to have the surgery. It has been well worth the wait.

Keep up your running and thanks again for replying to my post


Morton's neuroma surgery

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 16:38

A week ago I had my Morton's neuroma surgically excised. It was 13mm by 6mm. The nerve was removed as well. The surgeon made the incision on the top of my foot. I understand that incisions on the foot base take longer to heal and may become thickened and painful in runners.

i was discharged from hospital the following day after having had a general anaesthetic. I am partially weight bearing on crutches. My toes are bruised; but I have only a small amount of pain- NB I am not putting any weight on the front of my foot. I took painkillers routinely for 2days; but after this time I haven't needed pain killers


i had a GA and also a nerve block. This block was a local anaesthetic and given for pain control. It was great and lasted 24hrs. When I was numb I used a frame to hop to the toilet!


i have an appt in one weeks time to get my sutures removed. I am wondering how long it will be before I can exercise again and will be asking the consultant. I believe I will be able to cycle and row before I can run.


The surgeon told me that it could be upto 6 months before I know if the surgery has been successful.


can anyone share their experience of surgery for a Morton's neuroma and also of their recovery? I am really interested in the recovery procedure

Camelbak - yes or no?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 20:14

I've got the camelbak octane. I am a slight female runner and find this hydration pack very useful and comfortable. It has a waist and chest strap and doesn't bounce- even when the bladder is full. On the waist strap/belt there are 2 side compartments where I store gels or jelly babies. When you fill the bladder- squeeze out the xs air before closing the seal.....this helps to prevent the "sloshing" noise of the water when you run. Another tip is when it is not in use- store the bladder in the freezer- this helps prevent mould. When you need it- pour boiling water on the water tube to dissolve any ice that may have formed. If you are going to buy a camelbak: I strongly recommend a one with a chest and waist strap. I had a cheaper version and it only had a chest strap: it bounced when I ran.

Running & bone health

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:21

I ran too much and didn't take adequate nutrition for the distances I was running(upto marathon training). I too have a history of osteoporosis in my family. I had several metatarsal stress fractures(3 x) whilst running. A DEXA bone density scan picked up I too had osteoporosis. I had treatment, took calcium/vit D, reduced my running and improved my nutrition. This all went in my favour. I am now 42yrs and have osteopenia in my lower spine;but my hips are in the lower range of normal. I get a DEXA scan every 2 yrs.

As Elspeth says: if you are concerned;you could ask for a DEXA scan. If you are underweight: I suggest you also discuss with your GP what a healthy BMI is for you.

Hope this is of some help to you

Ladies backpack

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:15

I have the OMM Ultra 12 litre.

It is very comfy to run with and holds a change of clothes( not bulky ones) and a v. small towel( obviously without the bladder). It has a waist and chest strap and does not bounce around. I think I paid around £40 online. I really like it and  it doesn't chafe.

Sports Massage- A Bad Experience

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 05:16

My ITB problems were settling before the appt. It was a chronic condition I can't say for sure that I'd have been able to run.

Sports Massage- A Bad Experience

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 20:41

Like you Paul, I had a deep tissue massage 2 weeks before the GNR last year. I am convinced this session caused me to have to withdraw from the race.

The deep massage was for ITB problems. It was incredibly painful. The physio did it and used his hands and elbows. About 24hrs later I came out in HUGE bruises- so much so, that I went back to the clinic to check this was "normal". I was told "yes"- that some people do bruise. I have never had such a painful massage before. The bruising was very painful. Advice from Physio was to run the GNR- as I wouldn't do myself any damage. I decided I did not want to run 13.1m and be able to "feel" every stride.

Now, I am avoiding any deep tissue massages leading up to an event

Time for a change from Nike Pegasus 29, any recommendations, neutral runner.

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:55

I use Nike Vomeros. Great cushioning. Some people comment they are "too cushioned" and they don't like the "spongy feeling". I love them. I'm onto my 6th pair. Def more cushioned than the pegasus in my opinion. They are more expensive though and not that easy to get. I get mine from Start Fitness.

ID for runners

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:52

If you have a medical condition- I use MedicAlert- a sports wrist band. This has a metal emblem with medical details engraved on and your membership number with a 24hr hotline. All on a nice velcro strap. Its £25 a year I think. You also get a laminated card to keep in your wallet/purse. This has your medical details, Dr's name , practice address and tel no and your name and two contacts name and address.

Footbalance Insoles

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 23:04

I have custom made orthotics in my running shoes( made by an NHS podiatrist)

I wear sweatshops footbalance insoles in a pair of boots that I wear alot for everyday walking. When they were first made- I have to say that they felt q supportive and did correct my overpronation to a degree;but not as good as the custom made orthotics.

I haven't used them for running in I suppose I'm not much help!! Sorry......


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