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Until a year ago I was a very active person, I was walking a lot and running 3 times a week. One day I got home from a run, took my trainers off and couldn't walk. An MRI scan confirmed osteoarthritis in my MTP joint on my left foot, this put an end to my running and for quite a long time I couldn't even walk without pain. At the end of October I had a steroid injection which took about 3 weeks to take effect but then gave me 2 months with only minimal levels of pain. The injection has worn off and I'm back where I started now. I've seen a podiatrist, got insoles for my shoes which I don't find help much, changed my footwear, use volatarol gel, take turmeric and glucosamine and have dead sea salt baths but I find nothing helps much, if it's going to hurt, it's going to hurt and there's not much I can do about it! I've also recently been having Bowen therapy which also hasn't helped.
So my question is, is there any point in having another injection when they don't last very long, I know with each injection you raise the risk of complications and damage, the injection itself is extremely painful. Should I push for surgery? If it fixes the problem and gets me out of pain then I'll do what I need to do.
I'm a 50 year old female, in the menopause, with an underactive thyroid (in case that's relevant). I still feel that I'm relatively young and the OA is stopping me from doing so much now, if there's an option to get it sorted, even if it involves surgery, then I'll do it.
Thanks in advance.