What's Going On With Steven Tyler's Feet?

Steven Tyler has bunions, hammertoes, and Morton's neuromaThere has been talk within the podiatry community about the deformed feet of Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler. Once of the reasons that Tyler gave when he acceptedHouston Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider can help Steven Tyler's foot pain the Idol job was to spend some time off of his feet due to constant pain. He also has had a series of foot surgeries performed to straighten his feet and remove Morton's neuromas, which was identified as the cause of his pain.

As you can see from the photos, Tyler's feet are still plenty deformed. He suffers from a substantial hammertoe, which he says is a result of the corrective surgery to remove the Morton's neuroma. A Morton's neuroma is a swelling and inflammation of the nerve running through the ball of the foot. When surgery to remove a neuroma is performed, a ligament must be severed, which can lead to weakness which can cause a hammertoe to form. This complication, however, is very rare.

Even after the surgery, the pain after which caused Tyler to relapse into addiction to pain medication, he continues to be in pain. In 2006, Tyler revealed that he was diagnosed for hepatitis C, for which he received chemotherapy. A common complication of Hep C and chemotherapy is peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy is a persistent pain or numbness in the extremities, most commonly the feet and legs. Based on the level of pain that Tyler is reporting, along with the known success of the surgeries that he has had, this is a probably contributing factor to his chronic pain. In addition to the orthopedic surgeon he is seeing, he should also consider a visit to a Houston podiatrist and neurologist to have a more thorough evaluation. 

If you are feeling pain above and beyond what you think should exist, there may be a cause that is being overlooked. Call Houston Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to schedule an appointment. Dr. Schneider works with an extensive referral network to ensure that no stone goes unturned to relieve your pain and prevent it from returning in the future.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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