Most people struggle with foot pain from time to time. While it is common, it does not have to be the norm! Through preventative care and good footwear, you can prevent conditions like Morton’s neuroma from causing you pain and limiting your mobility! Keep reading to find out more about it.
Morton’s neuroma is a common foot complaint that bothers many people. It is characterized by a thickening of the plantar nerve (pictured above) in the forefoot area (or ball of the foot) at the base of the third and fourth toes. The irritation of the nerve creates swelling which causes a sharp, burning pain and can eventually lead to permanent nerve damage. Luckily, this is a simple condition to fix with a change in shoes and possibly the addition of arch supports. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary but, for most people, new footwear usually does the trick!
Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma are tingling, burning or numbness and a feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot. It also goes away with the removal of shoes. These symptoms occur gradually when, for example, wearing narrow shoes or doing certain activities. It may get better by avoiding shoes that don’t fit and activities that aggravate but if something isn’t done to relieve the problem, it will get more intense and eventually the neuroma will enlarge and changes in the nerve will become permanent.
Morton’s neuroma can be caused by anything that leads to compression or irritation of the nerve. One of the most common culprits is wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box, or wearing high heeled shoes that cause the toes to be pinched and put pressure on the forefoot. An injury can also lead to a neuroma as can certain foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, pronation, or an overly flexible foot.
There are various things that can be done to alleviate the pain such as icepacks, padding, and orthotics (which provide support needed to reduce pressure and compression on the nerve). One of the biggest things that can help is changing to a more supportive shoe that fits well and has adequate room in the toe box and is long enough at the arch. By giving your feet the support, comfort and room they need, you can avoid compressing and irritating your plantar nerve. Take steps to avoiding developing Morton’s neuroma altogether by wearing shoes that fit your feet! When you come into Cobbler Bill’s, our expert staff will measure your feet and talk to you about your foot concerns and your personal style. We can fit you with a quality pair of shoes, and orthotics as needed, that will not only keep your feet healthy but they will be looking good too!
We want to help you put your best foot forward, pain-free! Come see us today.