I am a 51 year old female in average to good health.Quick health background: Overweight No diabetes No high cholesterol No heart trouble or history Mild asthma - rarely use rescue inhaler (maybe 6 - 8 times/year) Hypertension controlled with medication (yesterday's reading 118/72.)
My problem is right foot pain, numbness, tingling - little feeling in toes but at the same time sensitive to blankets covering them, feeling of bunched up socks in ball of foot - drives me crazy. My foot feels hard, rounded and swollen which makes any shoe uncomfortable. Duration - now over a year - started with numbness and shooting pains up inside of foot and into big toe.
Tests/Treatments so far: Xray, MRI and nerve conduction tests Cortisone shots in foot, didn't help or minimal relief Tarsal tunnel release 6/11 which relieved shooting pain but numbness has continued/worsened - First discussed doing a surgery to see if there was a Mortons or other neuroma, but after they found the tarsal tunnel issue through nerve conduction, they did that instead and are reluctant to do second surgery since that one didnt' work. Orthotics (have had about two weeks - still extremely uncomfortable) Ordered orthopedic walking shoes - don't have yet
I love to walk my two dogs but find I now dread it and it's about the only exercise I get. I have started riding an elliptical and am purchasing one for home use. Coupled with all of this, I had a bad accident in November 2011 and severed and tore tendons in my right rotator cuff resulting in surgery to repair. I am in PT. I have tried riding my mountain bike to run the dogs, but it is causing too much pressure on my shoulder so my therapist said to wait awhile.
Despite being overweight, I'm very active and swim, hike, camp, and bike and especially love taking my dogs walking/hikiing. HELP!
Is there anything that is being overlooked? I am sure losing weight would be helpful, but I force myself to walk with the dogs and I also have a bad knee which has been causing additional issues. I want to get back to my active self. I am getting more and more depressed and my weight is not helping. I am scheduled for a orthoscopy Apri 27 to repair lateral miniscus tear and clean out two areas where cartilidge is sheered off, minor osteoarthitis so far.
I know this is really long and I don't mean to sound whiny. I am normally upbbeat and fun, but I don't even feel like myself anymore. I just want to get this fixed.
Dr. Clarice, please feel free to edit this - cut it down to size. I just wonder if there is something weird being overlooked. It has ruined my quality of life. I am on antidepressants (but from a long time ago, not related to this).
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