|A garden of Eden at the top of Horsetail Falls 2009|
|What a mess...but still hiking.|
Along with copays for therapy, they also told me to invest in various training equipment, new hiking boots, then told me get bigger hiking boots, then even told me to get BIGGER hiking boots (get real folks, your boots HAVE to fit your foot or they will just let your foot slide around in there and get blistered!) Oh, and orthodics...about $100 more. Before the surgeon got to me the knee settled down enough to resume some hiking and though not without pain, it was possible, and I did complete the Tahoe Rim Trail and other forestry hikes.
The doctors never helped me and with research I have done on my own, I wish I had known then what I know now about the possible outcomes of neuroma surgery, and cortisone shots:
- Statistics vary but as many as 20% don't have satisfactory results.
- Cortisone can break down important support tissue that can lead to fractures of those little bones in your foot!
- Then there are issues about not having a nerve in your foot if you are a hiker, and the potential for a septic infection (from a blister that forms without you realizing it) which is a dangerous possibility on a through hike.
- The phantom limb syndrome was not explained before surgery either and since I experienced that instead of pain relief,
- I only ended up with a two inch long scar on the top of my foot (not pretty in sandles) and with increased risks to my foot.
- One other issue is that neromas can return anyway! Mine did when I kicked a dumbell and sprained my foot causing my foot tissue to protect itself with more internal scar tissue....logical, but who knew?
|The return hike from our Horsetail Falls backpacking trip in 2009|
Let me tell you:
Lino spent about 5 minutes massaging my foot, painfully I must add, though it was not mentioned in my list of complaints for going there. Then...
Lino had me walk around....I wish I could explain how astounded you can be over something feeling right for the first time in years!
I was honestly amazed at what those few painful minutes accomplished for me. Lino worked a minor miracle!
He disputed my earlier diagnoses of knee injury and explained his view of the original injury, a torn meniscus. Still not so sure I agree with that after researching it vs the tendon.In addition my hip had gotten so extremely constricted over this last week that I could not even sit "indian style" anymore, much less do groin stretches of any kind. He pushed hard somewhere on my mid outer thigh (I think I bolted it hurt so much) and then he did a couple of range of motion type manipulations of my hip. He also did some work on two other small points and I am again astounded with the amount he freed up that mess!
|The view from the top of Horsetail Falls on our 2009 backpacking trip.|
I want hikers to be pain free and prepared for challenges. Our hiking poles are part of our heart and soul, not to be put away or tampered with! Our boots need to fit, and our step corrected within our body, not just a mass manufactured shoe insert, avoiding focusing on our bodies mechanics working properly and functionally.
Kinections for Sports Injuries I am not being given anything for this post, or for adding the link for this business. This comes from a desperate hiker who sought and found relief and a surgery free return to the trails!
A reader commented today and caused me to review this note. Thank you, by the way!
Let me update you. It is October, 2012 and I am still an avid hiker, occasionally (rarely) using a knee support for safety sake. I wear boots made for backpacking and good hiking socks, hiking poles still always on hand. I have not had surgery for any of the above, fortuantely for me, and with precautions, I enjpy hiking up mountains and down iinto canyons! My best advice is to get second opinions, maybe one from some alternative source like Lino or other sports injury specialist. Demand it. Many docotors and physical therapists do not understand, despite education, what we put ourselves through and that we can often be healed without surgery and major drug interventions. And repeating myself, MAKE NO ASSUMPTIONS. Doctors do this a lot and don't realize things they leave out could alter our decisions for treatment. My body is my responsibility.