If you have been diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma you have my sympathy. I suffered from this debilitating condition for many, many months and can be very hard to get relief. This condition is also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma because it forms between the bones at the ball of your foot.
A neuroma is a thickening or enlargement of the nerve caused by compression or irritation to the nerve. The most common problem is tight fitting shoes. There are several areas on the foot that can form neuromas but Morton’s Neuroma forms at the ball of the foot usually between the 3rd and 4th toes although mine and others I have treated were between the 2nd and 3rd toes. People with bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet, or more flexible feet are at higher risk of a neuroma.
The symptoms for the condition are a feeling of tingling, burning, or numbness usually with pain, a feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot (you may search for a thorn or splinter) and a feeling that there’s something in your shoe or a sock that bunched up and pushing into your foot. As the condition progresses it can be excruciating to the point of not wanting to walk at all.
This condition needs to be taken seriously early on as if it enlarges and becomes permanent you will probably need surgery. Early intervention requires relieving the pressure which means no high heeled shoes or shoes with narrow toes. An orthotic that removes the pressure on the painful spot may help as will extra padding in your shoe. Anti-inflammatory drugs may offer relief. Strong massage can give relief and is the treatment of my choice. A trained massage therapist can release the muscles around the area and stretch out the nerve tissue. Combined with sensible shoes this can help immensely. A foot massage machine can be very beneficial and I use one frequently to keep my feet loose.
After I relieved my Morton’s Neuroma I tracked down wide toed shoes and do not wear narrow toed shoes anymore. I have not suffered from this horrible condition since. It can very difficult to find round toe shoes and you may have to visit several stores. For a foot massager click the website link for more information.