A quick run through the fourth week of my recovery following surgery to remove a Morton's Neuroma from between toes two and three…
Day 22 (Monday) – three weeks after the surgery and guess what? I can get a proper shoe on again! A friend took me out for lunch and I decided to try a pair of trainers and not only could I get them on but my foot felt pretty comfortable too. I didn't walk far – just from the house to car, car to cafe and then the reverse journey – but it made such a difference wearing shoes instead of Crocs! I'm still limping heavily and walking slowly but this is definitely progress.
Day 23 (Tuesday) – this evening I went out to a meeting for a local support group I help at. Feeling like I'm limping less, and my scar is becoming less sensitive. Something I have noticed though is that I get a strange “electric shock” type feeling in the bottom of my foot sometimes. I guess it's the remaining nerve stump being stimulated. When I rub the bottom of my foot one way it's fine but the other way I get this odd feeling. It's not painful, but it is slightly disconcerting, especially when I walk on a knobbly bit of ground and get a shock in my foot! I'm also finding that while I can normally put my foot flat on the floor, first thing in the morning and in the evenings I still get some pain and find it more comfortable putting my weight more on the edge of my foot.
Day 24 (Wednesday) took myself off for a “proper” walk today to our local Tesco. When I've walked there in the past it's taken me seven or eight minutes to get there, so a round trip of about 30 mins including buying a thing or two. The trip this time – walking there, buying four things, walking back – took me an hour! Yes, I was very slow, and limped a lot, and my foot was quite tender and a little bit swollen when I got back, but I did make it! Definitely on the mend
Days 25-27 (Thursday to Saturday) haven't really done much, I've been at home mainly but had a meeting and a social event, and each day I've felt my foot get less sore, stronger and I'm starting to walk a bit faster too. In fact on Saturday we went to a local beauty spot to take photos of the bluebells and I was able to walk round for half an hour in relative comfort. I can almost walk downstairs normally too – I need to take some of my weight on the banister but I don't have to go sideways any more! The scabs have almost entirely gone now, though the top of my foot around the scar site is still quite tender at times.
Days 29-30 (Sunday-Monday) Went down to Brighton to visit my daughter. Did quite a lot of walking over the two days – well, a lot in relation to the little I've done for the last four weeks! I'm still quite slow and if I walk on uneven ground I still get the odd electric shock feeling in the sole of my foot (those knobbly paving slabs at road crossings are a bugger). I also found both my legs ached, I guess just because I haven't really walked any distance for a month. But overall I did okay, and there was little or no swelling either.
Day 31 (Tuesday) big achievement this evening – I drove my car! Steve came out with me in case I found it too painful but it was fine. Ok I didn't drive far, just round the block really, probably about a mile, but I changed gear plenty of times and while I did have a bit of pain in my foot when I used the clutch it was only very slight. Don't think I'd want to do a long drive at the moment, but I am hoping to drive for half an hour later this week to get to a meeting. Fingers crossed! And now I am able to drive again I'm hoping I can resume some exercise – swimming at least, if not Aquafit too. Will ring the hospital tomorrow and ask for their advice.
So it's a month and a day after surgery and I'm well on the way to recovery. I think the two bits of advice I'd like to pass on to anyone else undergoing surgery for Mortons Neuroma are:
1. Give yourself time to recover from the surgery. I allowed myself a week off work but actually I really struggled with concentration the following week, and trying to work effectively while keeping my foot elevated was difficult. If I was to go though this again I would definitely give myself two clear weeks before I attempted any work.
2. Be patient. I've found it quite frustrating not being able to drive, or walk downstairs properly, or walk any distance. However, I have been good, and rested and not pushed things too fast, and I think that might be why, a month on, I'm doing well.
Other than the above I've had a good experience and the problems I had with my foot before – the burning pain in the ball of my foot, the swelling across the top, the constant sharp shooting pains up my foot and into my ankle – all seem to have been resolved by the surgery. Fingers crossed that's the end of it and I won't have any more problems. I'm even quite happy with the scar – there are still a few scabby bits but it's looking pretty good and I think. Once it's fully healed it won't be too noticeable at all!