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Old 08-01-09, 06:24 PM
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any doctors here? question about morton's neuroma...

(and don't ask me why i don't go to the god forsaken doctor! if my employer would actually get around to getting me health insurance i would!)


so, since sometime around mid april, i haven't been able to feel 4 of my toes very well, or i should say they feel as though they've fallen asleep, and my feet feel like crap in general. my toes feel as though they are swollen even though they aren't swollen. everything i've read has pointed to a morton's neuroma.

this started when i started my job at walmart. right now i'm to the point where i think i will have to quit as staying off my feet and dipping them in ice water is the only thing that seems likely to cure it. i did that for 4 days once but it wasn't enough.

i've read of cortisol injections which could work and surgeries that podiatrists love to recomend but only make the problem worse... but i can't afford that...

so, assuming i do keep standing all day on my feet, how bad could this get?
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Old 08-01-09, 08:35 PM
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Absolutely agree with Tom. Nobody can diagnose you over the internet.

How bad could it get? If it is by any chance diabetic neuropathy (which could be a possibility given your description) and is left untreated, it can lead to blindness & amputation of your feet.

That's just one example.

Please, please, please go see a doctor.
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Old 08-02-09, 01:00 AM
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is that site trustworthy?
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By the way, you can make a case that it's work related, you realize? Workmans Comp would cover that.
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Old 08-02-09, 07:39 AM
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Morton's syndrome pertains to nerve antrapment -usually affecting a single toe. Your comments are not the usual Morton's type complaint.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
By the way, you can make a case that it's work related, you realize? Workmans Comp would cover that.
how does this work? what do i need to do? would i have to quit or could i do just a temporary leave? (i've only been working there since march 7th). i would have disability insurance if they'd ever get around to getting it to me and that could be used for a while while this healed... but oh well.
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It could be circulatory, or neurologic, and most doctors could help you sort that out. Could try a walk in clinic. Sometimes the nerve entrapment is near the instep, the so called tarsal tunnel. Your symptoms are not very common, in any event. You could try to get into a neurology clinic at a university hospital. Also a podiatrist is a good choice. Ask for a cash discount (they will usually allow 15 to 25% off). Good luck. P.S. don't wait very long to get that looked at.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
By the way, you can make a case that it's work related, you realize? Workmans Comp would cover that.

Sorry, I would have to say that is stretching it a bit. If you are unable to stand on your feet, which, is what they are designed for by a much higher authority, I can't see how that can be blamed on an employer, unless they are specifying a shoe which causes the problem. That is not likely.

The fact that the problem started when he started working for them, is in no way causative. There is nothing inherently different about a WalMart that would cause a problem. I'm reasonably sure that any new hires have to answer a few health related questions, such as can you lift 50 lbs, stand on your feet for long periods of time, etc. etc.

I'm all for employers stepping up and being responsible for problems that they cause, but this is well outside of that realm unless there are some extraordinary circumstances not provided here. It is not unreasonable to expect an employee to meet the physical requirements of the job, and if they can not, it is unreasonable to blame the employer.

I am absolutely not a fan of WallyWorld, for many reasons, but can't see how this can be turned into a workmans comp case.

By his own admission, it started immediately upon taking the job, so it is pretty clear that it is preexisting.
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Old 08-02-09, 09:45 PM
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to me you make sense. but it did start about a month and a half after i started there. i'm not arguing they owe me anything, just correcting you.
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Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
to me you make sense. but it did start about a month and a half after i started there. i'm not arguing they owe me anything, just correcting you.
If your work makes the problem worse or exacerbates it, where you did not have this problem before, then it is likely related to work.

In all honesty, it may be related to poor arch supports and flat feet from excessive standing. But you DO needs to follow-up with a doctor to make sure that there is not other more dangerous problems going on, such as diabetes, circulation or nerve disorders.
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Old 08-05-09, 07:02 PM
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Just a thought or two... Maybe get a book from the library on Yoga. Try some of the stretching exercises that work the hips to the feet. If I were there I could suggest some. Any other symptoms? Sometimes where the symptoms show up is the last link in the chain.
Better, more comfortable shoes with a better arch support is a start. Maybe try sneakers with good arches.

The downside of going to a doc is that they tend to mask the pain with drugs or start slicing. (this will get a racket going )
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Old 08-05-09, 08:15 PM
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See a doctor. I'm not a doctor, but when I got numbness in my foot it was neurlogical. I have issues with a disc in my spine.
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Here are a few more thoughts...

1. I have wide feet, same as my dad. I had problems because regular shoes were too skinny, so my feet would curl at the base and I would walk on the outer part of the foot which caused problems because of course if your feet aren't hitting the ground properly then the rest of your body is going to be knocked out of alignment, = pain over the long term especially standing on your feet. Go to a shoe store and have a knowledgeable person measure your feet for width especially, but also length. Then try wide shoes, like 5E or whatever. I wear 5Es and do not get shoes the wrong width, period. My dad had to get shoes custom made. Nowadays good luck finding a shoemaker, but a podiatrist can be a huge help. Another clue that your shoes are a bad fit is if you notice that they tend to be worn unevenly in certain spots. You may be favouring walking unevenly. I got shoes with an insert with all the bumps on it from a podiatrist/chiropracter and my feet have straightened out and the pain is gone.

2. Walk across the floor barefoot and stop. Look at your feet. if you put a ruler against the inside part of your feet, it should point somewhat inward. If not they are probably out of alignment. This may be related to step 1, your shoes are not the right size causing you to twist to get comfortable.

3. Find a sandy beach or a dirt path through the woods. Go for a barefoot walk for 45 minutes per day. This will give your feet a wonderful massage. If you feel better and notice that when you put your shoes on that the pain returns, it's the shoes. I suspect that some of mankind's health issues started when we started wearing hard soled shoes.

4. Before and after work, sit down and give your feet a deep massage with your finger tips. Dig deep and twist the foot. Consider putting an oil like olive oil on the soles. Put a bit of olive oil or sesame oil on the feet before going to bed at night.

BTW any doctor will tell you this is poppycock because as I mentioned before they know drugs and surgery. (get a racket going , come on someone bite )
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