Neuroma surgery and RSD

For as long as I remember, I have had the symptoms for Morton's neuroma in my LEFT foot. I began running about 5 years ago (prior, I was an aerobics instructor); running, of course, aggravated my neuroma significantly.

I went to a Dr. in Dallas (you probably know him, Dr. Alan Sherman) and he fit me for orthodics; which worked great for a while. Then I started having worst pain in my RIGHT foot. I went to an orthopetist; got a cortizone shot and had a serious reaction to it (foot swelled up beyond belief; was on serious pain meds for weeks). Orthopedist dx RSD (reflex sympathetic disorder). After several months, I was walking again...then back to running.

Since then, I have never had another problem with my right foot; but my LEFT foot is getting much worst. I can't walk or run for more than 20-30 minutes without pain. I can do step aerobics, but any jumping aggravates my foot.

My goals are basically to get back into shape after the birth of my daughter...I don't care if I never run again; but my podiatrist (I live in Grapevine, BTW) thinks I should have surgery to remove the neuroma.

I am afraid of having worst problems...not being able to care for my 12 month old daughter...and the RSD returning.

The new orthodics that my Grapevine doctor fit me for do not work as well as the ones that Dr. Sherman made (those were lost!).

I agree with my current doctor, that I have been dealing with this pain for too long; but what about the RSD? How likely is it to return? What would you recommend?

Lisa

Posted By lisa on June 24, 2003 at 15:31:39:

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