Camino 2017 Prep: Neuromas.


It’s never too early to prepare for Spain. After three different caminos over three consecutive years I had to take a pass on 2016 due to foot issues.

Too many years of wearing heels at the office caught up with my feet and left me with neuromas, left and right. A neuroma is a benign growth or tumor of nerve tissue in the foot that causes pain, a burning sensation, tingling and numbness between the toes and on the ball of the foot. I tried all the conservative remedies without success and finally decided to have them surgically removed.

To set a friendly tone for the surgeon I wrote a note for him on each foot. When the nurse saw it she had a good laugh and called the other nurses to have a look. Never underestimate the value of a little humor.

Two days post-op I had a first look at my feet sans bandages. They aren’t pretty but given time they will heal and the scars will fade. In the meantime, I’m keeping my toes above my nose and dreaming of a 2017 Camino, likely in late May.