Since returning from Dartmoor I’ve had a problem with the third and fourth toes on my left foot. Every so often I get a jabbing pain like an electric shock. I looked up the symptoms on Google and they seemed to fit Morton’s Neuroma.
Yesterday I visited a podiatrist. His diagnosis was that I had an inflammation of the nerve between my third and fourth toes caused by the misalignment of my metatarsals. He suggested it was not as bad as Morton’s Neuroma and that I should use some metatarsal supports (shown above) together with some ibuprofen to bring down the inflammation.
The inserts are very uncomfortable, but do bring some relief. I can’t see myself using them much for backpacking as they are like walking on billiard balls!
The hunt is on to find some insoles with decent metatarsal supports. Getting custom-made orthotics is an expensive business, so I’m looking first at off the shelf products. As usual, there are a lot more US options than UK.
So far, these look the most promising that I’ve found in the UK, so I’ll give them a try. I guess it’s going to be a bit of trial and error. If you’ve got any suggestions, let me know.
This is the second time I’ve suffered from this problem. Last time was after last year’s TGO Challenge. At the time I put it down to “just one of those things”. It took about two months to simmer down.
Clearly I need to take this a bit more seriously to control the condition. There’s no cure, it’s a question of managing it. Unfortunately, it means the plans for the rest of the year are now a bit uncertain.