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Posted by Vicki Z on 12/29/02 at 13:10 (104219)

Hello,
I am writing regarding tarsal tunnel surgery. I have had foot pain for many many years. In the beginning it was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. I had a mri that showed nothing. In 2000 I had a nct that also failed to show anything. Now the pain is in my heels and it gets very, very painful to walk. I perfer to not wear shoes as no matter what ones I wear I have pain. My foot dr. found a heel spur in my left foot and recommended stretches. I have had pt in the past. I also have had foot orthos made and have been wearing them since last July with no relief. One of my last visits to the foot dr. she deadened my nerve and the pain in my foot was gone. She was convinced then that I had tarsal tunnel which had been missed in my previous mri and nct. I then had another nct done by a different neurologist. His finding came back bilateral tarsal tunnel. I then went back to my foot dr. She tried moldabel splints. I tried them for 2 days! I could not walk in any shoes with them on, they were extremely painful. I went back to my dr. who said since we have tried everything else the last thing left is surgery. I asked how many tarsal tunnel surgeries she has done and she said at least one a wk. I trust her and think she is honest with me. I have read the recuperating time with regards to the surgery and of course it scares me a bit. My dr. said alot of rest and staying off the foot. She also said I wouldn't be back in a regular shoe for about 2-3 months. I wanted to know your opinion regarding this surgery. I am so tired of having pain in my feet and I don't know what else to do. She has given me neurotin to take at night but I have only taken it once. I would appreciate any info on this subject that you could give me. Thank you Vicki

Re: tarsal tunnel surgery

Sharon W on 12/29/02 at 16:48 (104233)

Take the Neurontin -- it can help. Many people take it several times a day, when their nerve pain is severe; doctors usually start you with just taking it at night and then, if it seems to help you, they gradually increase it. (Neurontin doesn't work for EVERYBODY, but it does help a lot of people...)

Re: TTS surgery. I suggest you read some of the posts on this subject, both on this 'foot surgery' message board, and on the tarsal tunnel syndrome message board. There are links at the top of the tarsal tunnel syndrome message board that can provide you with a lot more information about this problem, too.

Good luck!

Sharon

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Marty on 1/04/03 at 13:00 (104827)

Take the neurotin! What do you have to lose. I have been on it for a year now. I belive it is save now. I did not want to take it at first. If you take advil or something like that that is much harder on you then meurontin.

-Marty

Ps. I'm in the same boat as you. As last resort the knife.

Re: tarsal tunnel surgery

Sharon W on 12/29/02 at 16:48 (104233)

Take the Neurontin -- it can help. Many people take it several times a day, when their nerve pain is severe; doctors usually start you with just taking it at night and then, if it seems to help you, they gradually increase it. (Neurontin doesn't work for EVERYBODY, but it does help a lot of people...)

Re: TTS surgery. I suggest you read some of the posts on this subject, both on this 'foot surgery' message board, and on the tarsal tunnel syndrome message board. There are links at the top of the tarsal tunnel syndrome message board that can provide you with a lot more information about this problem, too.

Good luck!

Sharon

Re: tarsal tunnel surgery

Marty on 1/04/03 at 13:00 (104827)

Take the neurotin! What do you have to lose. I have been on it for a year now. I belive it is save now. I did not want to take it at first. If you take advil or something like that that is much harder on you then meurontin.

-Marty

Ps. I'm in the same boat as you. As last resort the knife.

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Cathy on 4/16/03 at 08:41 (116269)

Similar problems! I've been literally hobbling from one doctor to the next for 3 years now. I've been alternately diagnosed with 'bone spur', 'ankle instability', 'plantar fasciitis,' and now 'tarsal tunnel syndrome.' I'm on my feet most of the day in my work (I work in a hospital lab) and I am now down to limping slowly down the hall, holding onto the hand railing. I used to be one of the fastest walkers around. I've tried 4 cortisone shots, 3 strappings, 3-4 months of a removable 'boot', 2 different anti-inflammatory drugs, numerous orthotics, stretching-and-icing,topical pain cream, lots of x-rays and 2 MRI's. Last August I had concurrent bunion surgery (!!) and a plantar fasciotomy. In the bunion surgery, they broke the long bone of my great toe, ground down the arthritic growth and repinned it into a straighter configuration. I've had NO TROUBLE with that in comparison to the slowly debilitating heel pain that won't go away. Wish me luck. In two weeks I go back for tarsal tunnel surgery with a foot specialist in our area orthopaedic clinic.

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Bev on 4/16/03 at 10:08 (116287)

Cathy, OH, I feel so badly for you, how do you keep on working in that much pain :(( I had to quit working(due to the severe pain), I could not keep it up on my feet all day (nurse). Oh, I feel your pain soooo badly, is there any way you can try for disability , or something? It just does not seem right that you have to work in that much pain :( , can you use a scooter to get around the halls and then a stool in the lab? Will your insurance get you a scooter from Go-Go Scooteer ? They are really small and compact for work, a few on the board use them for work. Possibly you could check into it. What do you use for the pain? Someone on the board told me they have gotten their life back from using Ultram (Tramadol). In fact, I put a call into my doctor today to see if I could be switched from the Motrin 800 to the Ultram to see if it will help any better. I feel like such a wimp for being off work now as I only have the PF and PN and you have so many more problems and are still working, you are so very brave.You deserve a rose @};-. You take care and keep in touch, Cathy, okay. Bev

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Blue M. on 3/19/05 at 19:21 (171599)

It's amazing isn't it? I was a utility locator, ya know, 'call before ya dig'? I was walking down an embankment and slid. Went to urgent care,didnt know I had a stress fracture on my right foot until my 4th Dr visit! No cast, nothing..I told them from the beginning last August, that my left foot pulled also, I had to beg the Drs to look at it. Workers comp dr's gave me mri s and nerve conduction but nothing showed up! They took me off of light duty after 7 months! Now...they fired me because I cannot perform my job because of my foot pain. I went to a podiatrist, paid with my own money, he tapped on my foot, asked me some questions, sent me for a second opinion, within 6 days, the Dr's decided I have tts and need surgery..April 13. This whole time...7 months! I've wasted..I've gained 30 lbs. from not being active, I miss doing things..neurontin causes depression for me, I get suicidal. I'm not even sure I have insurance for the surgery. I called an attorney , hopefully he can get my company's insurance, (workers comp) to pay for it...plus the time I'm off...I know it sounds like I'm whining, but I was treated like I was lying about my pain by Dr's. I kept telling them something was wrong and it was getting worse, but they cut me loose..said to go to my family Dr and get my thyroid checked! I used to be a personal trainer, my job was physical, I love sports....this whole time has been such a waste! if the Dr's would've just listened!
I moved to SC and only have my boyfriend here. he works and will only be here at night. Is the recovery really as bad as everyone says?
I thank all of you! You cannot believe the relief it gave me to read symptoms that I have..situations and feelings I have..I'm not crazy! We share so much..thank you..thank you..pray for me that my surgery will be paid for and go well and of course, my prayers are with all of you...Blue

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Richard, C.Ped on 3/21/05 at 08:10 (171651)

Hi Blue....
I am in South Carolina too. Welcome to the state!!!!

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Blue M on 3/30/05 at 15:18 (172191)

Thank you! Thank you! I love it, I think? I've had nothing but bad luck since I've been here and have not been able to enjoy it yet. I live in Columbia..hard to find good jobs tho. Thanks for writing!