Ok, Hold Still!


Mornin! We are back in Mississippi after a long weekend away and I got some semi-decent news at the doctor yesterday about my foot. Bobby went with me, so we were able to document the fun for you. First, they took x-rays even though I was pretty sure they weren’t going to show anything. We were brought back into a room to wait for the doctor, and Bobby and I took this time to brush up on our X-ray reading skills…yeah…..


Ok, I see the problem….no, no not really.

I told the doctor all my symptoms, and he told me my X-ray was clean. He did tell me however I have very high arches which are working against me and I need to be in something other than the neutral/more minimalist shoe I was wearing. I also pronate terrible (I brought an old worn down on the insides pair of flip flops to show him).

He told me I most likely have morton’s neuroma, which is a thickening of the tissue around the nerve running down in between two of my toes. You CAN have the nerve removed with a simple surgery, but we both agreed it was best to try first wearing shoes with better arch supports, metatarsal pads to help spread my toes out, and a cortisone shot. He said if I am still having pain then it is something else entirely and to come back and see him…so fingers crossed this is it and I can avoid the pain with a few footwear modifications.

So, then came the shot. I don’t LOVE shots, but I don’t really mind them either..in my arm. I have never had a shot in the foot and m feet are ticklish. Not gonna lie, the anticipation was pretty bad. Don’t I look excited?

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The nurse prepped my foot then pulled out a nice long needle. Yikes!

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The doctor came back in and he, Bobby and the nurse HELD ME DOWN so I wouldn’t kick the doctor in the face. Then the nurse said “ok, hold still!” Um…ok sure, if you tell him to back off with the needle! Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. Pinch when it went in, but when he pushed the meds through all the way down to the bottom of my foot, it was kind of painful but not just for a couple of seconds. This was right before:

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aaahhh! I freaked out all my friends by sending them this photo in a text. At least I got to have some fun with it!

A huge thank you to everyone’s thoughts and prayers while I was at the doctor. He told me it will take a couple days for the medicine to fully work and I shouldn’t run for several days. No problem, my foot is very sore and tender from the shot!

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  1. NOT a fan of cortisone shots! I had 2 on my knee and still ended up having to have surgery. Praying the shot and modifications do the trick for you!!

  2. I’ve never had a cortisone shot but they’d have to hold me down too if it was in my foot. My feet are also ticklish and I’ve always been scared I’d kick the person giving me pedicures, LOL. I’m glad your foot is a little better and you won’t need surgery or anything. Hopefully the new shoes, toe spreading, and arch support will help!

  3. I’ve had a few cortisone shots in my shoulder in between surgeries. Those needles are long as crap! Hope you are feeling better soon!

  4. I’ve had 2 cortizone – one in my lower back and one in my trap. Hope you’re feeling better and on your feet running soon!

  5. I’m happy to say I’ve never had to get a cortizone shot. My fear of needles isn’t exactly a phobia, but whenever my doctor wants to run blood tests, I have to tell the technician that I’m incredibly squeamish. If I don’t look during that and if I don’t look while getting an actual shot I’ll be fine. I’m better than when I was a kid. If I had to get a shot then, I’d almost pass out.

  6. I *hate* needles! I had a cortisone shot in the side of my knee when my IT band went nuts a year or 2 ago and I told the doctor the sight of the needle would make me sick. So he had me close my eyes the whole time. And then after, he just left the needle sitting on the counter while he was talking to me and I saw it and threw up. Not a fan. Not a fan.

  7. So glad that things are ok! :0) That picture did kind of freak me out! LOL

  8. Omg! I can’t imagine a shot in my foot!! Ouch! Prayers for a speedy healing!!! SPALove!

  9. ive had shots between my toes before and I know that is PAINFUL!!! I would consider talking to a running coach too…I say that because every basic doc I know says minimal shoes are bad no matter what

    • it was def not a fun experience!
      I was actually surprised, this guy wasn’t against minimal shoes, just said for me and my super high arch I am putting pressure on different parts of my foot and that coupled with my morton’s toe and scoliosis throwing my balance off I need the support. Makes sense bc I wasn’t having problems until a few months in my newtons. Bummer too, I liked them a lot! 🙁

  10. Ahh so scary! When I got the epidural during labor I had to hold still or else risk getting paralyzed. I was petrified and held my breath the whole time the needle went in.

    I hope your foot is as good as new soon 🙂

  11. I’ve had several cortisone shots in the BOTTOM of my foot (for plantar fasciitis). I’m a big girl about shots, but still…

    That thing about hold down your leg made me laugh. I had to have plantar wart cut out years back, and I can still remember the nurse bracing herself to hold down my leg. And it was painful enough I probably would have kicked the doc!

    Hope everything goes well and your foot is back to normal soon.

  12. Neuromas kind of freak me out. I still worry that I may have heel neuroma and not “just” plantar fasciitis. I hate shots, needles, anything like that. But I have been desperate enough to go for the dry needling for my piriformis/glute issues. So sometimes you just suck it up.

  13. Heather,

    My husband had the surgery for a neuroma in his foot 25 years ago and was thrilled with the results. It was a relatively easy surgery and recovery. Good luck, I hope the alternative treatment works for you.

  14. Yikes! I hate shots!!! So glad you got good news girl!!! I know you are so ready to run the Disneyland Half! Hope the shoe thing works! 🙂

  15. ohhhhhhhhh I don’t like shots but then again I dont go to dr’s so I don’t have to worry about that…
    I look away when I try to donate blood
    and actually just got squeamish lookin at the pics here!

  16. Hate hate hate hate HATE shots!!

    BUT .. I do love your Saints shirt!! 🙂

    Glad you can get back to running! Yayy!

  17. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Yes, prayers for you!

  18. I hate needles and shots! I have to look away. I can’t imagine getting a shot in my foot! Hope the shoes make the difference!

  19. Just READING your description of that shot made me squirm like crazy. So I guess there’s your answer! I can’t even imagine. Oh my gosh. But I hope it works for you! 🙂

  20. Hope this all helps!!! Dang the nagging pains that come with running.

  21. Ouch. I hate needles. I fight fainting EVERY time….you are brave!

  22. Jaimie Crook says:

    ouch ouch ouch! Those photos made me squirm (and your cousin does this for a living :-/)! Kudos to you for being strong 🙂 Hang in there – I’m sure you’ll be running again soon.

  23. Kirk Zarske says:

    Been down the Neuroma Road. The shot helped a bunch. For me, pads just moved the problem to the next joint. FB Message me and I’ll fill you in on what I learned.

  24. Ouch! I had a cortisone injection in my Achilles back in January. Not my favorite visit to the podiatrist! It’s still working, so I guess I’d do it again if needed. Hope it works for you!!

  25. Don’t mind shots too much, not to say I’d rush out for one. I had a cortisone injection done on my left knee before I ended up having surgery to repair damaged cartilage. It didn’t feel too nice but wasn’t as horrible as I thought. Was sore for a while after though and I ended up leaving with a worse limp than when I went in. Joy!

  26. Yikes…. seriously wishing nothing but the best for you.

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