This is the bottom of my left foot.
The summer of 2015 I had plantars fasciitis pain in my heels so I changed where my foot was striking the pavement. Eventually I developed this new, possibly more serious, issue. My doctor says I have a neuroma and I’m sure that’s true. A neuroma is a cyst that forms around and inflamed nerve. It’s the result of my foot striking against the ground millions of times. And about 2 months ago it flared so badly I had a run where I had to stop, take my shoe and sock off, then try to run/limp home while running on the side of my left foot. It felt like there was an electrical shock coursing through my toes.
After that I bought new inserts and started sticking a callous cushion to the bottom of my foot every time I head out for a run. It definitely helps. I haven’t had any more days of electricity shooting through my foot. But it’s clearly still not right. I wish I could slice out the callous that has formed in the bottom of my foot. I feel it even during the day when I’m walking around doing everyday stuff. But it’s not like a regular callous– the skin is hard but it doesn’t seem to really build up. Instead I feel almost like it’s forming inwardly, putting pressure on that flaring nerve.