A normal foot and ankle has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments.The average person will walk the equivalent of four times around the world in his or her lifetime.
It sounds as if you are under the care of a pain management specialist and that is the appropriate doctor to see for this problem.
Typically, after 9 surgeries on your foot, the 10th one is not very beneficial.
In our country (US), the two top reasons are diabetes and alcohol overuse/abuse, but there are many other potential causes for neuropathy.
If it is problematic, it is best to have it evaluated by your primary care physician or neurologist.
Unfortunately, sometime people have persistent pain despite appropriate surgical intervention.
It can be a very frustrating problem for the patient and the physician.
windycity: I have mid-foot collapse that has become filled with osteoporosis.
I understand the only surgery that can be performed is fusing the bones, and that will not be good for the rest of the foot. What is the latest treatment for this type of foot problem?
Also, how do you feel about steroid shots in the arthritic foot?