What is a Morton’s Neuroma?
“A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the patient will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe. The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women.”
For runners, they may feel pain as they push off from the ground. Wearing high heels can also aggravate the condition. Tight, narrow shoes that compress the toe bones and pinch the nerve can also aggravate the condition.
- Avoid high heels or tight shoes
- Custom orthotics
- Wear shoes with a wider toe box
- Extra padding on the ball of the foot.
For further reading check out: http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=987.
Call our office today if you think you might have a Morton’s Neuroma, 707-578-122.