I had neromas which cotizon shots or othotics wouldn't make them go away. I had surgery on both feet to remove them. The tumors grew right back. My podiatrist then removed the tumors by going in from the bottom of the foot. He cut at the roots also. Doesn't look like they are growing back.
But the scar tissue that develops after the nerves are cut from surgery doesn't want to go away. Last time my podiatrist checked, which was two months ago, the scare tissue in my left foot was hard and not breaking apart. He then did shockwave treatment on both feet. I'm having pain so my guess this is not working. My podiatrist and neither do I wants anymore surgeries. Because he can remove the scar tissue but more will only form that I can't get rid of. I had physical therapy after the surgeries to help with the scar tissue but that obviously wasn't enough.
My podiatrist has pretty much run out of options if this shockwave treatment doesn't work. I'm scared. I'm too young to be in pain from short period of time walking for the rest of my life. I don't know what else I can do. I'm hoping someone may have an idea for me.
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I feel for you...I have had a very bad time with multiple surgeries and feel the same about being too young to feel this way forever.
I would recommend a second opinion with an orthopedic MD...you may end up seeing several docs to get a consensus...but trust me on this...start with the least invasive thing and work your way up. Remember it CAN get worse so as much as it sucks the way it is now might be better than other choices...I hated the way my feet were after the first op....but now I would love to have them that way compared to how they are now.
Not to sound negative but there are lots of ****** docs out there and once they mess you up there is no rewind button. Try differnt orthotics... different injections...all minor options you can find.
I will look for ways to reduce scarring internally as I have a bit of problem with this as well although it is the least of my problems...
Hang in there....we have to find some way to get better and we can't trust blindly that a doc will do it....
are you sure the pain is from scar tissue ? did he bury the nerve ending into a muscle to help prevent stump neuromas ? have you looked into ultrasound with iontophoresis, anodyne or ART (active release therapy)? They can be very effective treatments.
I know what you mean. I also had several different surgeires and finally went with the surgery to remove it from the bottom of the foot. my doc impanted the end of the nerve into health muscle so I wounldn't get a stump neuroma. I did end up having about 4 more surgeries due to a problems with my foot/body not wanting to heal. I also have a lot of scar tissue and it hurts to walk more than about an hr. I go to PT once a week, and I'm still seeing my doc every 6 weeks. (last surgery was 9 mos ago.) I try to rub the scars every day with a thick cream, but it does become very uncomfortable while doing it. also I send shock waves up my toes when I mess with it. I've been using a cane which helps with getting around. I wish I could give you more infor. I will not have another surgery as the last one put me in the hospital for 11 days, and had me on a vacpac for 2 months. I'm willing to live with the discomfort as long as I can get around and still take care of myself and my pets. Also..hubby still does a lot of the work for me.
Snwtyger, my podiatrist is saying the scar tissue is causing the pain. But after seeing this board, I kind of wonder if i should be taking my podiatrist word for it. I don't know if he buried the nerve ending into a muscle. I will have to ask him. Those things you mentioned, will that help scar tissue or if he buried the nerve ending?
Mary, I can definitely relate to not being able to walk long periods of time before hurting. I went to the mall yesterday with my mother. I think I lasted about twenty minutes before my right foot started to hurt. I stopped walking before my left foot caught up. Did you have the extra surgeries to get rid of scar tissue that formed after surgery? I'm learning that they would be an endless circle for me if I attempt that. No more foot surgeries for me. I have to try another way.
Jenevepas, if I don't find something that will help me here or on the internet, I will be looking for a second opinion, that is for sure. I will probably see him one more time in another two months to see if the shockwave therapy worked or not.
Murph - my suggestion is to find another doc. If you are in or near a city with a pro football or basketball team or a MAJOR college athletic program, call and find out who they use for this. Whoever that is will be very good with neuromas. These are very common in runners so they see them a lot.
I did a quick search and the New England Baptist Hospital is the official hospital of the Celtics....I bet you could find a good orthopedic foot and ankle specialist there...at least get a good second opinion.
Katie, listen to this one. My podiatrist is a New England Baptist surgeon. Maybe I need to find a different one or find out where the Patriots go.
But NE Baptist is an excellent hospital. My knee surgeon is from there. He will be operating on me for the first time in May for Tibial tubercle osteotomy. If they are cursed I'll be in trouble once again.
Thanks Titchou, I will look into it. I have to balance one thing first. It will be one year since my last foot operation in May. I can wait another few months if necessary. I'm having knee problems also and I'm having surgery the end of May. I need to get that out of the way before I really do anything for my feet right now. I need my feet to last seven weeks of crutches. They may be sore but they will last the way I'm am at the moment
I do see my podiatrist tomorrow for a second month followup after the shockwave treatment. He said you usually can't rule it out that it didn't work until three to four months. I figure I will see him one more time before my foot surgery. If the shockwave didn't work, after my knee is back on track (7 to 8 weeks), I will check out a new route for my foot. I just needed some hope that my feet are not doomed.