Morton’s Neuroma After Surgery Progress
A woman blogged and posted a photo of her foot’s progress after a Morton’s neuroma surgery. Below is here complete post:
“Wednesday, March 02, 2011
I’m mainly posting this here so that if anyone else is going to have this surgery and they search for "Morton’s Neuroma" (which is a comon running injury) they can see how I got on post surgery. I apologise if it grosses anyone out to see my foot!
I got the dressing off my foot today and it looks pretty good. It’s two weeks since I had surgery to remove a Morton’s Neuroma from between my third and fourth toes.
My toes are not usually that fat, there is still quite a lot of bruising and swelling, but that will go down as it heals. He said that it is normal for it to go quite purple and swell/have pain at this stage, if I lower it to the ground after it’s been elevated. I figured that, but it’s good to know.
The surgeon is happy with how it looks (me too!) and he’s cleared me to get my foot wet in the shower now, although I must not allow it to ‘soak’ through, like in THE bath. I can still step into the bath with both feet and then put my injured one up on the side, so that’s great. He’s also given me strict instructions to massage my foot with oil and stretch my toes 4-5 times a day to the point of pain for the next couple of months so that the scars on the outside and inside of my foot will not harden, creating a lump inside my foot which will bother me when I walk. I’m not looking forward to THAT, I can tell you – it really hurts!!
Regarding swimming, he said I can start walking/jogging in the pool in two weeks and after that, I can try swimming. If it hurts, I must stop. I’m a little upset that I have to wait another two weeks before going in the water, but I’ll do as I’m told.
He told me that there is a lot of bruising and trauma inside my foot due to the removal of a very large nerve and that it will take a good 2-3 months to heal properly. Two of my toes are completely numb and some of the others are a little numb. The ones not immediately affected by the removal of the nerve will probably get better as the swelling goes down.
As far as it’s going for me, I’m able to stand and walk slowly without the crutches a lot of the time but still need them a bit during the day and certainly at night when my foot is usually more painful. I think they will come in handy over the next few days as I commence stretching and massaging as this makes my foot hurt for a while afterwards. I’m sure this will get better the more often I do it though.
So that’s good! It is getting better and as time goes on, I’ll start to reap the benefits of not having this painful condition any more. At least it’s over with. Thank goodness for that!”
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