I have a follow-up appointment with my podiatrist in two days and I have so many questions about what this diagnosis means on a broader scale.
How Have My Toes Felt Overall?
Dr. Gordon will want to know how my toes have felt over the last two weeks:
- The cortisone injection has definitely helped with the pain
- The dancers pad helped relieve pressure
- I'm overly aware of my toes now - they are starting to feel almost claustrophobic in both shoes and socks
- I frequently want to stretch them and try to separate them from each other
- I suspect hallux ridigus is developing in my left big toe as well - it has limited mobility and a visible callus on top
How Did My Toes Feel When I Ran?
He will also want to know how they felt when I ran:
- I had an awareness of my big toe - not pain - just sensations that suggested I needed extra protection for it
- My 2nd toe felt irritated...hot? inflamed? bruised? I'm not sure how to describe it, but it seems to be taking the brunt of my subconscious adjustments
- My left foot went numb, probably neuromas flaring
I have questions about whether there are things I should change:
- Is it okay to walk around barefoot, or should my toes be more protected?
- What adjustments do I need to make for yoga, which can put a lot of pressure on toes?
- What adjustments do I need to make for strength training exercises like lunges and planks?
- Is it okay to use my standing desk at work or should I not be on my feet so much?
Recommended Self Care?
I'm wondering about what I can do to support my toe and keep the condition from progressing:
- Are there toe/foot exercises or stretches that are recommended? Or that should be avoided?
- Does icing help? How often/when?
- Should I consider taking Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM?
I will report that I have taken significant steps towards more appropriate footwear:
- I'm getting rid of about three dozen pairs of shoes - high heels, tight toe boxes, many that I can't even actually squeeze my toes into any longer.
- (yes, this was as hard as you would think it would be...so many pretty shoes...impractical, but pretty)
- I've found several pairs of wide toe box, rocker bottom, supportive shoes by Alegria and Naot
I've been running in Saucony Guides in size 6 wide, but I don't think they are quite the right match for me:
- I now know that my foot is a size 4.5, not a size 5 like I've thought for years, so 6 may be too big.
- As I worked through shoes for my neuromas, I went from a 5M to a 5.5M to a 6M to a 6W...I'm going to try 5.5W out for a bit.
- I've tried on Altras and love the extra toe space, but I'm unsure about the zero drop (the Guides are 8 mm drop)
- Does Dr. Gordon have any recommendations for running shoes?
While I've been using SuperFeet green, I recognize that it is probably time to spring for custom orthotics.
- Unfortunately my insurance does not cover them
- What adjustments would be included?
- Turf toe plate? Something else?
- Dancers pads?
- Anything that will help my neuromas?