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(Pacific Grove, CA)
About a year ago, I wrote you explaining that a local podiatrist had injected my foot with Lidocaine and a steroid to curtail a small area (one-half inch)of numbness on the under pad of my fourth toe. I have been told that the doctor likely damaged a nerve or the joint itself with the needle, as the following day my foot problem had increased by at least 30 times. Both toes and an area of about three inches in diameter are now "numb," though that word does not really express the sensation. Those toes now feel as if they are filled with a gel, liquid or clay-like substance. MRI's and multiple X-rays show nothing. The toes are normal to touch and temperature, so the problem is clearly internal. For about 17 months now I have had no improvement. Two doctors at different research hospitals believe I now have synovitis. What do you recommend for this? I have tried everything imaginable. And in fact, have seen 14 various doctors about the problem. Most of them ruled out a neuroma. This problem has overturned my life is so many ways. Any help would be greatly appreciated. And may I add, as I did before, that your website is uncommonly well designed and you are most helpful and kind to provide this help. Ron Hi Ron,If 14 doctors have examined you and come up with basically nothing, then I do not know how much help I can be without ever examining you.In my mind, synovitis should have showed up on an MRI if nothing else, as a soft tissue inflammation.I believe that numbness in this type of situation has to be nerve damage, not necessarily a neuroma, but damage to a nerve.Has anyone suggested exploratory surgery? Both the nerve and area where the suspected "synovitis" lie could be physically examined and perhaps repaired/removed.Have you tried medications like Neurotin? If it worked I would suspect nerve damage. If it did not work then it could still be nerve damage or a "synovitis"I wish I could be more helpful but that is all I can come up with and for all I know, those options may have been already offered to you.Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMERIf you found this information helpful please let others know by SHARING on social media, thank you.
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Michael D. Ebeling
Tampa, Florida 33624
Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.
I usually do my research on the Mayo clinic website. I think your website is the most informative site I have found when researching foot pain.
I thank you for putting together this incredible website.
....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!
You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.
Mansfield Ctr, CT
First, I'd like to thank you for all the information that you provide on your website and the opportunity to write to you.
First, I want to let you know that you have the best web site I've found related to foot issues. (The only thing I had difficulty finding was the "ask a question" page.)
I received the orthotics Monday afternoon and began wearing them Tuesday. After two days I would say that I have noticed a huge improvement in the discomfort I have been experiencing. My foot feels better than it has in months.
I greatly admire someone like you who would donate and dedicate so much time and effort to helping strangers with no compensation. Truly, it is uncommonly kind. And your site is so intelligently arranged.
Pacific Grove, CA
I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in
college years ago, so I know the benefits of good care. Again, I want
to thank you for an EXCELLENT website. It was so great to get to your
site (top of google search) and actually find all the answers I needed
EASILY and QUICKLY! Clearly you put a ton of work into it and I really
All the best,
By the way, millions of websites could use yours as a guideline on how to organize information and make the site user-friendly. Kudos to you!
Thank you for your very interesting and informative site!
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