Easing the symptoms of damaged nerves in the feet.
What is Morton's Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma is the damage, irritation, inflammation, and thickening of a bundle of nerves in the feet. It occurs most commonly between the 3rd and 4th toes, but can occur anywhere in between the bones in the ball of your foot. The main symptoms are:
〉 A shooting, stabbing, or a burning pain.
〉 A sensation of a small stone stuck under your foot.
〉 Tingling or numbness in your toes.
Causes of Morton’s Neuroma.
Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. Some of the most common reasons are wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box, high-heeled shoes that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box, or wearing shoes that are too narrow for your foot.
Other potential causes are activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or court sports. An injury or other type of trauma to the area may also lead to a neuroma.
How we can help.
Certain footwear, or even certain small adaptations, can provide a lot of relief from the pain experienced with Morton’s Neuroma. They can also give the nerves a chance to heal and normalise. The main aim with these is to help with the symptoms — to take pressure away from the area. The key points to keep in mind are:
〉 Ensure there is enough space for your toes to wriggle.
〉 Don’t wear high heels for a long time, as it will put more pressure on the point of pain.
〉 Use a pad or orthotic to offload the area.
〉 Wear footwear with a rocker to take all the pressure away from the nerve.
We can also provide custom cut pads to insert into your footwear, in order to help with relief in a larger selection of footwear. In this case, it’s best to get in touch with us.
If your podiatrist has given you a specialist orthotic or insole to ease your neuroma, along with footwear advice, we can help fulfil their suggestions as well.