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Hot Foot, Numbness, Morton's Neuroma....

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Old 01-09-19, 10:59 AM
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Excellent and timeless thread. I have been fighting a large neuroma this year which I can't quite figure out "why now?". I have been actively cycling for 35 years and have well over 100,000 miles in the saddle. I haven't changed shoes in over 3 years and my yearly mileage and riding habits haven't changed.

Anyway, my question isn't why now, it's what's next?

I have been to the podiatrist and have done the cortisone injections (resulted in temporary relief), neuroma pads (a little help), custom orthotics (some relief), and different shoes (worse), and NSAID's (just masked the pain), but in general things are getting worse. I will try relocating the cleats next, but that about exhausts the list.

At this point I am seriously considering surgery. The neuroma has gotten so large that I can feel it and can push it around a bit. My podiatrist has said that a neuroma will never heal and if all the other things don't work, surgery is the last resort.

So my question is around surgery. I gathered from this thread that there was slightly more positive results than not from surgery, but most of those comments are 7-8 years old.

So have others had the surgery? What have been your experiences? Any loss of feeling, or other side effects? Any new wisdom or lessons learned you can share?

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Bumping the thread. I had the neuroma surgery this week and am recovering. The neuroma continued to get worse (due to it's location) and I was finding that my mileage until in pain was trending down so I opted for the surgery. I'll report back once I am back on the bike with results.
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Old 01-09-19, 02:39 PM
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Would love to hear Alcanbrad. Sorry it came to surgery but hoping you will be pain free moving forward.
I started this thread 10 years ago when I was rather desperate due to chronic neuroma pain in my right foot. And I will admit it was my fault.
I was high mileage riding in shoes that were too narrow with the arch of my foot relatively unsupported. A recipe for having the nerves crash into one another in the forefoot. I was also riding more cleat forward back in those days.

I will tell all that are interested that are somewhere on the curve of foot pain, that you can come back from this...in my case no surgery. But...it was a long way back.

Lesson is...whatever you are doing that creates pain in your body when riding a bicycle stop. Repetitive misuse will injure you. We learn by trial and error and often by injury.
If I would have known to have my feet better supported with ample toe room I would have never of injured myself. I ride pain free today...certainly most days. But took a couple of years including more time off the bike and riding in tennis shoes in fact where I redeveloped the muscles in my feet. A lot of good info on youtube about Morton's including strengthening and stretching exercises.

Please let us know how you get on with surgery and best of luck.
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Old 01-14-19, 07:25 AM
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After spending $1000 on PT, then having 80% success riding in clipless(with pointing my toes down so the shoe would take the pressure and not the ball of my foot), I had a setback. Since then I have been riding the Catalyst pedal (https://pedalinginnovations.com/) and Five Ten shoes for a year and haven't looked back. I have found that if I really crank beyond my usual speed, I will feel some metatarsal pain, but nothing like with the ballet slipper road shoe/clipless combo. After trying for 20 years most of the different "wide" which is really "standard width" cycling shoes, different pedals, and different orthotics, and spending $1000 in PT my conclusion is simple "If the shoe doesn't fit don't wear it". I have found the truth will set me free from Campag4life's wisdom and this article: https://naturalfootgear.com/blogs/pr...-pedals-review. My feet tell me they don't like narrow clipless shoes and like plenty of room in all my shoes to spread out. Not everyone's feet can be happy in clipless cycling shoes, so no need to force it.
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