Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Left Foot

After 5 weeks of driving to work, I finally returned to bike commuting today.  As they say in Providence, it was a scorchah, 80 degrees at 6 o'clock in the morning.  The ride in was effortless and way too short at 15 miles.

In recent weeks the Morton's Neuroma in my left foot flared up. Basically, it feels like someone put a nail in my foot between the 3rd and 4th toes.  Last summer I saw a podiatrist who gave me a series of rather painful injections designed to relieve the pain.  They worked temporarily, but after the last one most of my forefoot went numb. I am pretty sure I don't want my foot to feel like a nerf football, so I surfed the interwebs last night in search of an alternative treatment.

I found some videos on the web demonstrating a technique designed to relieve the pressure between the toes. Essentially, this involved putting the fingers of one hand in between the toes of the opposite foot.  And then gently moving the fingers.  I tried this and it worked a bit so I was encouraged.

Today while looking down the foot care aisle of the drugstore near work, I found these weird rubber-ish thingies that do essentially the same thing. 

You put it on and work it gently between the toes, then leave it there for 5 minutes. I bought a pair and tried it out after lunch at my desk. I'll be damned if it didn't work better than the finger massage.  So maybe there is hope of some relief.  It looks pretty weird. Check it out.

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