A foot neuroma or Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition where nerve cells fuse to form a tumor and often occurs between the third and fourth toes (metatarsal heads). The condition can, nonetheless, occur in other parts of the foot. Foot neuroma is caused by a compression resulting from various factors, though wearing tight fitting footwear is the most predominant. The compression irritates the nerves at the ball of the foot.
What Are The Symptoms?
The condition is characterized by a stabbing or shooting pain and sometimes a bit of numbness that can reach into the toes. The symptoms come and go but will often be trigged when walking more so in improper footwear.
Morton’s neuroma is a common problem in women, especially those who prefer wearing high-heeled shoes. The shoes cause the toes to endure more motion and too much inward rolling of the forefoot when walking. The movement irritates the nerves that run to the toes causing the toes to swell and become painful. More on the causes are found at www.togetherforeverchanging.org if you need more info.
Foot Neuroma Treatment
It is possible to relieve the condition when it starts. Removing the shoes and massaging the feet once they get a stabbing, burning, or shooting pain will help. Removing the shoes will relieve the compression at the feet allow more blood circulation and better nerve function. Dipping the feet in an ice bath can help relieve cases of severe inflammation and pain. The feet should be soaked for around ten minutes and then removed out of the ice bath for ten minutes before they are dipped again; this should be done at least thrice a day and every other day of the week if the condition is persistent.
Wearing tight fitting shoes and those that do not allow a flat placement of the feet when walking will cause the neuroma problem to persist. If this habit is left unchanged and the condition untreated, the problem can become severe to the point of having impaired mobility where the feet cannot support the body weight when standing let alone walking.
The use of motion-controlled shoes can also help treat Morton’s neuroma. The shoes stabilize the rear and fore parts of the foot allowing a wider placement of the toe box to limit any compression of the metatarsal heads.
The above option can help treat the condition; however, it is important to see a foot specialist if the neuroma persists even after taking the above actions. The specialist may opt to use steroid injection therapy or prescribe orthotics that will provide arch support that elevates the toes thus reducing their motion thus reducing the stress and therein the irritation.
Surgery is the last resort for severe cases of foot neuroma. The surgery is done to remove the tumor that has formed around the irritated nerves.
• Wearing motion-controlled shoes, flat-heeled footwear, and those with a comfortable fit allows the feet to have a balanced motion when walking thus limiting the risk of foot neuroma.
• If you intend to wear tight, narrow-toed, and high-heeled shoes, then consider take them off periodically to allow the feet to relax and breath. Consider wearing such shoes at least twice per week.
• Take your feet off the ground when you get home and allow them to relax. Massaging them will go them a lot of good.