Here’s an excerpt from the episode:
One day when I was running, I just had this very sharp pain in my left foot. You know, I stopped running because it was pretty sharp, and I kind of limped back home. And at first, things were going well… it was getting better. But then, I had this one weekend where I had to be on my feet all weekend long, and it just went downhill from there.
I don’t know how many doctors I ended up seeing over time, because at first it was just A doctor. But then it was like, a month in, this isn’t getting any better. So eventually I ended up getting an MRI of my foot, and it showed that I had a Morton’s neuroma, which basically is scar tissue that forms around your nerve from rubbing over time. So it creates this very painful situation. And typically, there’a a standard medical set of things you do to deal with that… so I started going down that path. I had 5 steroid injections, those didn’t help. The next thing you do after the injections is you have to do a surgery where they cut the nerve out of your foot. But it actually has this risk where it could form what’s called a stump neuroma, which is worse than the original problem, and it has, like, a 15% failure rate. I really didn’t want to do that option, so I went with this other option where they inject alcohol into the space and it kills the nerve off with alcohol. They’re called sclerosing shots. I had 7 of those over a month, or something. You know, those are designed to kill the nerve - to damage it.
While this was happening, I started getting pain in my right foot, and eventually in my ankles. And so the doctor who gave me the injections said “well I think you might have something else going on, you might have tarsal tunnel pain.” So they decided to do a nerve conductivity test … so that test said “yes, you have tarsal tunnel.” So I had some steroid injections into my ankle. That didn’t work.