A neuroma is a disorganized growth of nerve cells at the site of a nerve injury. A neuroma occurs after a nerve is partially or completely disrupted by an injury — either due to a cut, a crush, or an excessive stretch
Mortons Neuroma is a nerve condition that affects the ball of your foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. It causes intense pain in your toes and at the ball of your foot. It can also cause numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness. Many circumstances can lead to Morton’s Neuroma. Certain activities like running can increase the pressure on your feet which may lead to its development. High-heeled shoes can also put extra pressure on this area of your foot, which can lead to an increased risk of developing Morton’s Neuroma. Similarly, if you are overweight or your feet are out of alignment, undue stress can lead to a drop in the metatarsal arch (ball of foot arch) causing the metatarsal heads to compress the nerve.
- Pain in the ball of the foot
- Numbness in 3rd and 4th toe
- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the ball of foot
- A sensation that something is in the shoe or sock
How to reduce the pain
If you believe you are suffering from this condition, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the pain it causes. Wearing shoes with good arch support is essential for relieving the pressure caused by Morton’s Neuroma and it is crucial that these shoes fit properly as well. It is important to wear a shoe with a wide toe box, allowing adequate space for the forefoot. In most cases, even good supportive shoes don’t offer enough support. Properly fitted orthotics with metatarsal support are key to relieving the pressure on the nerve. The longitudinal arch support helps distribute the pressure more evenly throughout the foot while a carefully placed metatarsal pad helps lift the metatarsal arch, taking pressure off the nerve. In many cases, a properly designed arch support completely relieves the pain of Mortons Neuroma.
Physical therapy treatments like massage therapy or stretching exercises can help relieve some of the pain associated with Morton’s neuroma. Additional treatment options such as laser therapy or ultrasound therapy help stimulate blood flow in order to promote healing in the affected area, while relieving pain at the same time.
How Step Right can help
Our professionals have been helping people suffering from Morton’s Neuroma and other foot-related pain for over 17 years
At Step Right we use advanced scanning technology to customise orthotic insoles specifically tailored for each individual’s unique type of foot structure and biomechanics. Hence, they get exactly what they need for maximum comfort and protection.
At Step Right we have developed a revolutionary online foot scanning system. If you can’t make it to our store or one of our clinics don’t worry just download our app, follow the simple instructions, and upload your foot data. We will then assess your feet and gait FREE of charge and send you back a report with our recommendations. Did I mention it’s a FREE foot assessment?
At Step Right, we strive daily to provide quality healthcare solutions for those suffering from Morton’s Neuroma and many other foot-related conditions so they can live without worrying about their feet! So if you or someone you know is suffering from nerve pain due to Morton’s neuroma don’t hesitate any longer! Get in touch with us today so we can create a tailored solution just for you!