What can a podiatrist do for a neuroma in the foot?

There are times we might feel an unexpected pain in one of our feet. This sharp pain is commonly observed between the 3rd and 4th toes.This pain generally are a neuroma or as it is also referred to, Morton’s Neuroma. This is a frequent foot problem treated by Podiatrists. If you have a neuroma there will be inflammation and shooting pain in the area. The symptoms that you will experience if you do have a neuroma generally are often sharp shooting pain, burning, pins and needles, prickling, cramps in the front part of the foot and in some cases you will have deficiencies in sensation in that area of the foot.

The actual cause of the neuroma is typically because the bones of the 3rd and 4th toes are squeezing a nerve that is located between the two. You will get the signs and symptoms of the neuroma soon after there has been significant pressure on the front of the foot. Those activities which cause this kind of stress are walking, standing, jumping or even sprinting. They are high-impact activities that have been able to put a high amount of load and stress on your feet. The other way that you may get this problem is by using footwear with pointed toes and high heels. The high heels puts load on the feet as the weight of the body is sustained by the front area of your feet. While there is no other balance for the feet you are forced to depend upon the ball of the foot to balance the body while you are walking, running or any other activity.

Neuromas certainly are a manageable foot disorder that can also be prevented from occurring altogether. The initial step to dealing with the neuroma is to pick and wear the right shoes. The shoes that you need to select must have a wide area for the ball of the foot and the top of the footwear must not press down onto your feet. Next consider wearing a foot orthotic that's been built with a metatarsal support. The support should be positioned behind the ball of the feet. By having the metatarsal support placed in this location the pressure on the foot is relieved since the weight on the foot is distributed evenly through the feet. When these self-help measures don't work, then see a podiatrist for additional options.


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