Morton’s Neuroma Surgery: Days 2-7 after the operation

Following surgery for removal of an inflamed nerve caused by Morton's Neuroma, I've been keeping a journal of the recovery. I hope it will help anyone else considering surgery for this not uncommon foot complaint.

Day 2 Tuesday

Well I had a good night's sleep, thank goodness. I folded a pillow in half and was able to prop my foot up comfortably, and I was even able to keep it that way while I slept on my side. Slept through from half ten to seven. When I woke up it felt fine, but after a while I was aware of some pain, I think from the stitches, so the codeine etc were very welcome and definitely helped. I've spent today on the sofa with my foot propped up on a large cushion, which is very comfy. The pain throughout the day has been okay …. After about three hours I can feel the painkillers wear off but it doesn't get unbearable, just a bit stingy at the moment. The insides of the two toes where the nerve was removed are completely numb, which feels very odd! Not sure if that's the permanent numbness or if it's partly the local anaesthetic that was injected in during surgery. Guess we'll have to wait and see. I haven't moved around too much, but it's definitely less painful using the surgical shoe than walking barefoot, and if I catch the front of my foot on the floor it's very painful, so I won't be doing that too often!

Day 3 Wednesday

Feeling very drowsy today. Slept well but then struggled to stay awake, and spent half the day in bed. Feel very disorientated, dizzy, spaced out. Not sure if it's a hangover from the general anaesthetic, or the combination of painkillers (paracetomol, codeine, diclofenac), or both. Dozed and slept all morning, but got up at lunchtime and had a good wash. However, spending 5-10 minutes on my foot made it really painful, a hot burning pain, so I won't be doing that again for a while!

Day 4 – Thursday

Feeling much better today. In fact it wasn't till today that I realised just how awful I felt yesterday! Pain is minimal, I'm pleased to report … I've only taken painkillers twice so far (8am and 3pm) and apart from the occasional sharp stinging pain from the stitches if I move a bit quickly, I've had no pain. Of course I'm still keeping off my foot completely, and when I do go to the loo etc I'm walking on the heel or side of my foot. If I catch the bottom it hurts! I was expecting my toes to swell but they don't seem to have done so far … But when I put both feet next to each other my left foot is actually very swollen. Bored of sitting down … Looking forward to being more mobile.

Day 5 – Friday

Today I felt absolutely fine in myself, definitely over the anaesthetic, and very little pain from my foot too – still the odd sharp pain from the stitches but other than that I feel like I want to get up and get going! Frustrating when I do, though, because though I can put a little weight on my foot I can't move anywhere at more than snail's pace. This evening we went to the pub – I thought the change of scenery would do me good – but we only lasted half an hour. The pub was busy and I had a seat but was only able to raise my foot about six inches off the floor and very soon it was throbbing and pulsing in a very alarming manner. I kept it up all evening and it felt okay by bedtime but I think having it up above hip height all week and then having it down for half an hour was too much too soon. I've been avoiding the codeine for the last couple of days as I think it was bunging me up a little inside (constipation is a common side effect) but I did take two this evening.

Day 6 – Saturday

Decided I need to get my foot used to being down by doing it in small bits rather than all at once, so today I've spent at least part of each hour with my foot on the floor. Doesn't feel too bad, just a bit hot and heavy at times.

Day 7 – Sunday

Feeling much more energetic today, did a few small jobs in the kitchen (buttering bread, making tea), pushed the Hoover round the hall, that kind of thing. The swelling seems top be going down nicely and there's still no bruising on my toes. Went to the pub again this afternoon and watched the football, had my foot on a chair and it was fine. Nice to get out of the house for a couple of hours! I can move reasonably ok on it, so long as I can go at my own pace (slowly) but we did stop at a shop on the way home and I walked in, round and out, and discovered that was probably too much. Still keeping most of the weight on the heel, though I'm gradually starting to put a little pressure on the front and it doesn't feel too bad. Worst problem is thst as it heals the stitches are starting to pull, and especially in the evening I am experiencing some sharp stinging pain – but nothing a couple of paracetomol can't fix.

 

23 thoughts on “Morton’s Neuroma Surgery: Days 2-7 after the operation”

  1. Hi
    Just read your blog about your surgery.
    How are you doing now?
    I had surgery yesterday to remove 2 neuromas from right foot.
    Not as bad as I expected so far.

  2. I@m doing well thanks. A year on the scar is barely noticeable and I’m able to do everything I wanted to do without pain. The only issues are that my foot still swells up a bit if it’s very hot or I’ve been walking a lot, I’m numb between the toes that were affected, and sometimes if I stand on a stone at the point where the neuroma was I get a funny feeling – not sore but I’m aware of something! Otherwise it’s all fine though, best thing I did was having it removed¬

  3. Good to hear your update & glad you are pleased you had it done.
    I am back at hospital today for first redress.
    Feeling fine no pain really bit of discomfort as you said about stinging and tight heavy feeling more frustration at not being able to get on & do. I am not very patient but learning fast.
    Friend took me out for lunch yesterday which was great as going a bit stir crazy although nice to be able to watch Wimbledon.
    Do you wear normal shoes now or extra wide flats?
    Thank you

  4. Glad recovery is going well. Think the answer is to not do too much too soon – and I’d have loved the excuse to sit and watch the tennis!

    Normal shoes? Depends what you mean by normal. I’ve never worn a pair of high heels in my life, I’ve always worn trainers or flat shoes, and quite wide ones at that as my little toes stick out and rub in narrow shoes. So I am back wearing pretty much the same shoes as before. I do find some shoes rub my hammer toe, but short of having more surgery to correct that (with a 3 month+ recovery time) I’m kind of stuck with that!

  5. Its good to see excessive progress through out the week! Last week I decided to go for a check up due to some pains in my calcaneal branches. It was a really awful experience, but I found that I had mortons neuroma I was glad to find that I didnt need surgery because I caught it very early but it would of gotten much worst. I am currently on a heavy diet and I need lots of rest (& painkillers)!

  6. I had my moreton’s neuroma op lastFriday & surgery went well except for an unexpected bleed – which made rather a mess in the recovery room ! Also hindered my instruction on using crutches ! I came out in a wheelchair and have been in bed with leg raised since – I’m happy to include photos here if I am allowed ??

  7. Thank you for posting the progress! The doctors were telling me that for me to have this is very rare so its nice to see people who can share their progress in finding the right mortons neuroma treatment and ultimately beating it!

  8. Hi All,

    Hope you all are well after the MN surgery. How you are doing now?

    I had surgery yesterday to remove two neuromas from my right foot (2nd – 3er toes and 3er and 4th toes).

    Fingers crossed everything will be OK soon.

    Many thanks,

    Natalia

  9. Hi All,

    Reading this has been really interesting, so good to hear some good comments about recovery. Has anyone had both feet done at once ? I believe have two neuromas in each foot and will be having surgery in a couple of months. Just wondering about recovery time and how long I’ll need to be away from work.

    Thanks
    Lesley

  10. Had neuromas removed on both feet on sat Nov 18th 2017 got to be off work for 4weeks

  11. Wonderful to read up on everyone’s surgeries and post op experiences. I imagine I will end up under the knife at some point. I was wondering if anyone here had any doctor suggestions in the West Palm Beach or Ft Lauderdale, Florida area? I am sure it helps if the doctors has done many of these.

    Thanks for any insight..

  12. Great to read experiences and update post Morton’s Neuroma op. I had the op on 16 Jan 2018 with a significant neuroma (72mm+) removed from my right foot. Have been on complete bed rest since, with 3 weeks off from work for the moment. Have been making minimal movements with my foot elevated (above heart level) most of the times.
    I have my follow up appointment next week (redress as well).
    How long was it before you went back to work? How long until full recovery?
    Thank you all, Thanks Alison

  13. 2 weeks out of surgery here. Feeling pretty good, back in a CAN boot now! I just wish the numbness was not so intense. I’m only 2 weeks after surgery so I’m not gonna worry too much yet

  14. I am now on day 6 after Morton’s neuroma removal from the third web space of my left foot. I still have some pain but it’s getting a little better every day. The best way I can describe the pain is pins and needles all day. I’ve been in bed rest this whole time and have not put weight on my foot. I use crutches to get to the bathroom. I work at a hospital and currently have 4 weeks before I have to go to work. I’m hoping that will be enough time to heal!

  15. Hi just wondering how long people waited to have the surgery am back to talk to dr on Tuesday but the pain is getting worse they gave my heel insoles to wear made pain worse I work on my feet 5 days a week to which doesn’t help just fed up on been in pain now thank you for reading

  16. Has my NM removal surgery yesterday on both feet, super drowsy last night but no pain. Today was fine too until mid afternoon and I attempted to go to the bathroom – the sharp tingly pains began and I had to lay down for a while. Starting to feel some soreness now and just looking forward to being mobile again!!

  17. I have neuromas in both feet. Having surgery on my left foot, which is the most painful, next week. Did you have a boot when you left hospital? Were you given crutches? Were you able to hop about the house during the early days following surgery? I was told it would be 2-4 weeks before being able to get shoes on however it sounds like it takes longer than this.

  18. I had an neuroma op yesterday and I’m trying to sit still

  19. The pain isn’t too bad but it’s there and taking pain killers regularly

  20. I had a very ugly orthopaedic shoe, and then graduated to Crocs after about 4 weeks. Probably took about six weeks till the swelling went down enough to wear proper shoes, though eve then it was only really wide fitting comfy shoes.

  21. I had a Neuroma removed 2 weeks ago. I got dressing off today. I am really concerned that I cannot really move my toes and the pad of my foot is quite numb still. I spoke to the consultant today and he said it’s not usual to have numbness here but has referred me to physio to get the toes and ankle moving. Has anyone else experienced this?

  22. I suffered with Morton’s Neuroma pain for more than 4 years. I had to change my entire shoe wardrobe. I wore high heels my entire adult life. The pain and discomfort was really frustrating and uncomfortable. I grew very tired of wearing orthotics and wide toe box shoes.

    I finally had a 5 inch neuroma removed from the fourth toe of my left foot four days ago. I am much more comfortable then I thought I would be post surgery. I took my pain medication on schedule for 3 days and started to wien off yesterday.

    I have kept my foot elevated 90% of the time so far.

    There is numbness in my 3rd and 4th toes and mild discomfort around the stitches and incision. I’ve been using a walker to get to the bathroom and am able to walk without it now with the pressure placed on my heel.

    Today I started to feel tingling on the bottom of my foot. I am hoping that is normal and expected. I have not taken any pain medication today.

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