I increased my activity levels a bit over the last two weeks. The first week was for reasons beyond my control, and the second because I had a week off work and ended up running three times. Last week, Google Fit tells me I was more active than 89% of people in my town, which is always nice to see.
The neuroma seems to have handled it OK in that it’s not really been a problem other than some superficial twinges.
But there’s been other developments in that the right foot is now twinging too, AND, I’m getting some occasional sharp pain around my big toe on the left foot, which, and I hate to say it, seems to be around the 1st/2nd metatarsal joint. It’s not news that there’s a morton’s neuroma in the right foot too but I’ve managed to avoid chronic pain from it for the last year and a half or so, so maybe it will settle again.
The additional pain in the left foot is a bit worrying, but we’ll have to see where that goes. Apparently neuromas in this position are called a Joplin’s neuroma and are very rare, so if the feeling persists then I really need to go to a podiatrist and ask WTF is going on. It seems odd to me that I’m experiencing new pain in my left foot without noticeably further irritating the existing neuroma, which should be very, very sensitive to mechanical imperfections.
Therefore I’m suspecting that the toe separators may be to blame, so I’m going to stop wearing them for a few weeks and see what happens.
This all adds to the ‘WTF’ element that I’ve experienced before. When this kicked off in my right foot around three years ago I had a lot of general pain alongside it all around the ball of my foot, not just in the morton’s neuroma zone. I distinctly remember going through a phase where I often felt I was walking on tiny bits of gravel.
Perhaps also significantly, and perhaps not, I also have some very minor pain in the outside of my ankles, around the bony thing which Google informs me is called the lateral malleolus; maybe the peroneal tendon. So I will also do some ankle mobility exercises.