Steven Tyler’s Foot – A neuroma gone bad?

Since taking on his new role as a judge on American Idol, Steven Tyler’s foot has been getting some attention on the web.  He stated during an interview with People magazine that part of the reason he had agreed to be a judge was to stay off his feet for awhile.  Sitting on a panel of judges is quite the change from his typical athletics while performing onstage and ultimately may provide him some relief from his foot pain.  Apparently, he has continued to have foot pain since surgical correction in 2008.  In an interview with Oprah Winfrey back in January, Tyler related that is was at that time that he was diagnosed with a Morton’s neuroma and underwent surgery to correct it.  With our knowledge of the foot and its associated problems, we here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are suspicious of the actual cause of Mr. Tyler’s overlapping toes.

In his book Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir, he describes undergoing a foot surgery in which they ‘cut some bone and take two knuckles out of my feet’ in addition to some ‘ganglion of nerves.’  Neuromas are not an uncommon malady and the surgery to remove them is fairly straight forward.  It consists of a soft tissue incision and removal of the damaged nerve.  In rare cases, the portion of that remains can develop a neuroma at the tip.  Without a physical exam and MRI imaging, it would be difficult to determine if this were the case.

From his description of bone and nerve being removed, it would appear Steven Tyler may have been a little confused as to what his surgery consisted of.    There are two other surgeries performed by podiatrists and some orthopedists that involve cutting bone and removing knuckles but are typically not a result of a neuroma.  The surgeries we are referring to are those used to correct hammertoes and bunions.  It is more likely that unforeseen complications of this type of surgery or activities since have lead to the deformity seen in his foot.  A second toe over the first is most often the result of dislocation of that toe.  If you find yourself with a similar deformity or any foot pain for that matter, make sure to see your Austin podiatrist, Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!
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