Are you as excited as we are for the Dr. Oz premier on 9/9/2013? It looks like Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith and American Idol fame, is going to be featured on the show. We can’t help but wonder why- could it have anything to do with the state of Steven Tyler’s feet??
In 2008, Tyler underwent surgery on his feet “to correct long-time foot injuries resulting from his trademark athletic performance onstage.” He was diagnosed with a condition called Morton’s neuroma, and was told that he’d need several surgeries to repair his feet.
As Steven put it in his book Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir:
“What they had to do was to cut some bone and take two knuckles out of my feet. They also took out a ganglion of nerves. The nerves that are in your feet are small as a dime, but mine were the size of a quarter, big and bulbous and traumatized to the point where they had to be taken out … so now there’s just phantom pain there, like a guy who gets his arm cut off and still feels his fingers.”
What exactly was wrong with rock legend Steven Tyler’s feet?
Morton’s neuroma is an injury to the nerve between the toes, which causes thickening and pain. It commonly affects the nerve that travels between the third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma is often found in women, but men are starting to report it more often. Though the cause may be unclear, some experts believe the following may play a role in the development of this condition:
- Abnormal positioning of toes
- Flat feet
- Forefoot problems, including bunions and hammer toes
- High foot arches
- Tight shoes and high heels
Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include:
- Tingling in the space between the third and fourth toes
- Toe cramping
- Sharp, shooting, or burning pains in the ball of your foot (and sometimes toes)
- Pain that increases when wearing shoes or pressing on the area
- Pain that gets worse over time
- In rare cases, nerve pain occurs in the space between the second and third toes.
- Nonsurgical treatment is usually tried first. For example:
- Padding and taping the toe area
- Shoe inserts
- Changes to footwear (for example, shoes with wider toe boxes)
- Anti-inflammatory medicines taken by mouth or injected into the toe area
- Nerve-blocking medicines injected into the toe area
- Physical therapy
From the photos drifting around the internet and from all reports we hear, Steven Tyler is still suffering from foot deformity and pain. Steven Tyler is showing signs of a pretty serious hammertoe, which is said to be a result of the corrective surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma. Our gut tells us that when the surgery to remove the neuroma was performed, a ligament was severed and lead to weakness that allowed a hammertoe to form. Complications like this are rare, but not unheard of- yet another reason to make sure you see your podiatrist at the first sign of a problem, so that conservative treatment can begin ASAP!
Do you or a loved one suffer from hammertoes, bunions, or foot pain/numbness? Let us know, and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Anthony Weinert at his Troy or Warren office.