Diabetic Foot FAQs: Morton's Neuroma
Have you ever heard of a condition called Morton's Neuroma? It's a certain kind of foot condition which causes a great deal of pain around the ball of the foot. To give you a better idea of what Mortom's Neuroma is, take a look at some of the symptoms associated with it, what causes it and how it can be treated.
Symptoms: The most common symptom associated with Morton's Neuroma is of course pain around the ball of your foot. Some people describe the pain as if they are standing on top of a pebble or rock. Those with Morton's Neuroma may also experience numbness and excruciating pain between the third and fourth toes.
Causes: Many podiatrists believe that there is a link between the wearing of high-heeled shoes and the development of Morton's Neuroma. Some studies also indicate that there may be a link between Morton's Neuroma and those who participate in sports or exercises that involve jumping, running or long distance walking.
Treatment: Surgery is only necessary in extreme cases of Morton's Neuroma, which is why it should be treated early. If you are experiencing pain from a case of Morton's Neuroma, the best things you can do to relieve the pain is stop wearing high-heels and stop putting so much pressure on the balls of your feet. It's recommended you switch to a more comfortable lower heeled shoe that has a wider toe box and opt for low impact sports and physical activities. For added relief, you may even want to consider getting yourself a pair of orthopedic shoes. If you can't find a pair of shoes that match your unique fashion sense, you could also try some quality orthotic inserts. Arch supports and foot pads fit inside your shoe and help reduce pressure on the nerve. Slip them into your favorite pair of stylish shoes to instantly transform them into your own custom orthopedic shoes.