16 Nov Morton’s Neuroma
If your feet feel like you’re walking on a pebble, or a hot stone with shooting or burning sensations in the ball of your foot, it is likely you are suffering from a Morton’s neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma refers to swollen and thickened tissue around nerves in the ball of the foot. This can cause sharp, burning pain, numbness and even tingling, that may radiate to the toes.
Morton’s neuroma occurs between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals and is more common among women, likely due to narrow shoes and heels. Such shoes exert excessive pressure on the ball of the foot, causing nerve pain. High impact activities, such as running, and conditions such as bunions, and high arches can all add to the risk of developing a neuroma.
To avoid Morton’s neuroma –
Wear wide and round shaped shoes that allow sufficient space across the ball of the foot, rather than high heels and tapered, tight shoes.
Modify your activity level to avoid high impact activities, such as running, which may lead to excessive pressure.
Your podiatrist may advise conservative treatment options, such as anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling and pain. They will assess, diagnose and provide treatment options.
For long term treatment, custom orthotics may be recommended. Orthotics can help to correct malalignment and distribute weight more evenly throughout the foot to alleviate pressure from the neuroma as you walk.