For those who have asked or haven't asked or those who wondered whether the long national nightmare that has been my foot problem is over, I have an update for you today. Short answer: No, not over. Longer answer: It's been just about a year now and no, not over. Even longer answer: Yeah it sucks. So anyway, my foot got "hurt" at my friends' wedding, which took place almost a year ago now. Initial diagnosis was possibly gout and we all had a big laugh about that (and some of my friends still do) even though I was in tremendous pain AND had to stop drinking but OK, it wasn't gout. Then I was treated for a stress fracture perhaps and put in a boot for the month of July (good times!) and that actually kind of made things worse but then drugs and an insert for my shoe to take the pressure off my 2nd toe -- which was where all the pain was coming from, even though all x-rays and MRIs and 8000 other tests came up negative -- allowed me to function for the rest of the year. But one of the 8000 tests showed that the problem was in my big toe, not the 2nd toe, and that the bone spurs and arthritis and major deformities in my big toe going back decades had put so much pressure on my 2nd toe -- especially with all my running -- that it was the cause of all the pain. So last December, I had bone fusion surgery on the big toe along with a shortening of the 2nd toe bone and after "4-6 weeks" I would be able to drive and function again and after "3 months" I could go back to full activity and not long after that, return to running again, which I hadn't done since the wedding. Of course, I put those figures in quotes because it's now May and the surgery was in December and I am actually worse off than before the surgery ever happened. So that sucks just a bit.