Due to strained or compressed nerve, the health issues such as neuromas happen. And when it occurs with your foot, it is known as Morton’s neuroma. Undoubtedly, when a person suffers from foot neuroma or Morton’s neuroma, he experiences foot pain and swelling, especially between his third and fourth toes. If not treated properly by a podiatry specialist, it may get worse over time.
Foot neuromas is also called as one type of tumor grown in the nerve cells of foot. Although most of the foot neuromas occur between third and fourth metatarsal heads, but chances are there to grow in other places. One of the common causes for occurring foot neuromas is wearing too tight and too narrow shoes. In fact, constant use of ill-fitting and high-heeled shoes may also contribute for the development of this foot problem. Wearing these kinds of shoes can squeeze the metatarsal bone’s nerve that leads to irritation and entrapment. In such situation, activities like running, racket sports, jogging and other high impact performances may worsen the neuroma pain.
Moreover, people who are already suffering from different foot problems are more prone to foot neuromas. Those who have any of these foot conditions such as high arches, flat feet, bunions and hammertoes are always at the risk of neuroma development.
Once a person suffers from foot neuroma, he feels a burning and stabbing pain in his foot and the numbness can extend up to his toes. His uneasiness and pain can come and go anytime. Usually it has been seen that this foot problem occurs largely with the feet of women. The pain and numbness is felt at the bottom of the foot and sometimes they can radiate in the nearby areas of the toe. Due to this pain, people face problem while walking.
In order to treat the problem of foot neuroma, it is always recommended to remove the shoes and start massaging the foot as soon as you feel fiery and tabbing pain in the forefoot. Sometimes, applying the ice treatment on the foot for five to ten minutes can give instant relief. The ice treatment should be done in the repetitive way many times in a week as it helps in decreasing the pain.
When the pain occurs from an overpronating foot, it is better to shift to wearing the motion-controlled shoes after consulting with a good foot doctor. For the motion-controlled shoes, you need to check that the toe box should be wide enough that it doesn’t compress the bones.
When the foot neuroma is a long-standing problem and you don’t get and relief from changing your shoes, it is better to visit a podiatrist who can use any injection therapy to provide relief from the pain. There are so many qualified and experienced podiatrists in Sacramento who prescribe orthotics for giving more arch support and reduce the motion of metatarsal heads. However, for severe cases of foot neuromas, the podiatrist may suggest for surgery as the last resort to remove the tumor.
For more information or questions, please contact one of our local Sacramento podiatrist for an immediate response.