Hi Ken and Ken,
I originally thought the Coe trip was going to be on the 20th, when we had a snowshoe backpacking trip planned, so stopped following the thread. Glad it's coming together.
Right now I'm trying to salvage the summer season. I don't even know if I can make the short Yosemite snow trip I had planned for the 20th - only reason for hope is the low mileage (5 mi in and 5 mi out), I'm icing my foot like crazy and found a good cushioned off-the-shelf footbed for now. And heck there are "ice packs" everywhere on a snow trip.
MRI showed 2nd Metatarsal Stress Syndrome (stretched/torn ligament around base of 2nd toe joint) and Morton's Neuroma right next to it - essentially rigid big toe (Hallux Rigidus) is dropping too much weight on the other toes, and over time stretched/tore ligament at base of 2nd toe which was taking most of the load. That stretched/torn ligament is irritating the nerve causing the Morton's Neuroma. Oh and got Plantar Fasciitis for first time in same foot 3 days ago from tightening due to lower activity, but it's going down with constant icing and stretching calves and PF.
Right now I'm doing everything I can to reduce the inflammation with ice gel packs, Advil, ultrasound and more ice packs
Let me emphasize that a bad inexperienced podiatrist is a recipe for disaster. Not only did she not diagnose me properly or have me do most of the things that would have helped (icing several times/day, oral anti-inflammatory, cushioned footbed, ultrasound, wider forefoot shoes, etc.), but she gave me a cortisone shot in the Morton's Neuroma when you are not supposed to for an active person with this injury. I didn't feel any pain at the base of that 2nd toe joint until 3 weeks after the cortisone shot. Once she realized she royally screwed up she set me up with the more experienced department head, but I'm also going to see a sports podiatrist and a pedorthist who is a runner himself (foot biomechanics and shoe/insole expert) who works with athletes. I've also thoroughly researched hiking and running shoes that will work well for me.
If you ever have a foot problem, see an experienced podiatrist, preferably one with sports expertise, a good pedorthist and do your own research - don't just rely on the doc, especially if he/she is a couch potato.