Sucks that it is flaring up - you might get some prolonged relief if the steroid injection works (or it might not help at all... can be variable). So did you get the injection recently? Sometimes it is more sore for a few days afterwards...
Good luck with it. Hope you find the right solution for you. And keep us posted, as your results/responses could be very helpful for future decisions! :-(
I am so sorry to hear that, CO! That totally sucks:(
At our clinic some patients get Cortisone and lubricant injection together, usually in the knees or ankles though...I wonder if that would help you a little? I can ask one of the surgeons...
Ugh, so sorry to hear that. I hope the injection helps you enjoy an amazing vacation with friends!
Hammer had an injection in his knee awhile ago and recently mentioned that it felt like time for another. It seemed to last quite awhile in his case. I hope it works well for you. Sending a big hug.
Ugh, that's nasty. So sorry, CO. Nonetheless, I suspect you can do more with one big toe than most of us could with three.
Any chance of stem cell injections helping matters vs cortisone?
Thanks for the support and the ear everyone. The podiatrist isn't as big of a fan of the synthetic lubricant - he feels it doesn't last very long (about 3 months) given the cost. Also it requires a larger needle because it is thick; we're not sure if we could even get that into the small gap in my joint.
Yes, he did mention stem cells but suggested that those could be available in Canada "within a decade". So, one thought is to see if I can buy some time by using some cortisone injections and modified shoes (more front rocker, stiff sole). The Hokas help a little but the fit chews up my feet; I might try modifying some Salomons.
Yes, the toe hurt last night and I was worried that something wasn't working, but it is better this morning (had the injection yesterday morning). He says it takes about 2 days to reach full effect.
I'm planning to try the new Hoka-like Salomons. I tried Hokas and mashed my big toenails beyond repair. I'm betting that Phatty got it right though!
Those look great! I ran in Salomon Propulse for 78 hot and wet and sandy km in the Grand Canyon and didn't have any significant blister issues, with very little preventative care needed. The Salomons fit better than anything else and those pro max look super cushy! I might still need to have the sole shape modified a little at a shoe repair place to get the extra front rocker that will really help baby my big toes by not requiring them to bend. Probably doable.
You should try on the Sense Pro Max but I was surprised to see them classified as "Light Trail Running", i.e. less protection and less aggressive tread than my beloved Speedcross. I ended up falling for the redesigned Sense Ultras instead. They're also for "light trail running" although runners are using them for 100 milers so I expect both shoes would be fine on a lot of trails.