I just read a previous poster saying that rarely is there a neuroma between the second and third space. I'm confused by this, as I have been diagnosed with one---confirmed by MRI as a 6mm neuroma. I certianly have the symtoms but am also experiencing achey pain across the forefoot and into my third toe. My new doc is concerned about joint trauma in the third toe joint or inflammation and gave me a numbing agent in the joint (not in the neuroma) to try and determine if my pain is from the neuroma or from the joint. I was told to walk a lot after the injection (it lasted about 4 hours). I did get some relief from the achey pain across forefoot but when I put on a flat (not cushioned) dress shoe with a low heel and walked I could feel the electical sensation from the neuroma. So I'm thinking I have both problems, and after doing some reading, maybe metatarsalgia, which I think is just a fancy word word for inflammation of the region around the metatarsals. My symptoms seem to fit the description. And this makes sense because after having two double bunionectomies in two years, I certainly was favoring my big toe area and probably putting undue weight/pressure over my smaller toes during the healing process. Plus my bunion was more severe in my left foot and that's where my current problem is. But treatment for this seems very vague...
So what to do? New doc (have only seem him once but seems very good and is very well regarded) is not one to rush into surgery, which is good, but I'm also afraid I'll never get relief. He suggested some padding under my foot as a possible treatment, which just seems like under treating to me. I've already been through cortizone shots and alcohol treatmetns by the way (with previous doc)---didn't work and frankly, I'm worse now (though have no idea if that's why).
Just so frustrated because soon I'll need to be out on the road at conferences and dressed up. I buy aerosoles and other shoes meant to provide plenty of support but I still have difficulty being on my feet and in my job, I often have to be. In addition, I am expected to look relatively fashionable (work in marketing) so I can't show up in clunky orthopedic shoes!! Hate to sound vain but it's sort of the reality of my job.
I'd very much appreciate any and all feedback.