If you are experiencing a burning or stabbing pain in your foot, you may have a foot neuroma. This condition develops for a variety of reasons and can be very painful if not treated, can begin to impact your daily life. A neuroma is a thickening or swelling of a nerve in your foot. When the impacted nerve is between the third and fourth toes, it is called a Morton’s Neuroma. The condition generally develops on the ball of the foot at the base of the third and fourth toe. If they neuroma is not treated properly, it can result in permanent nerve damage.
The symptoms of a neuroma can vary, as stated on www.pacck.org, but usually include numbness in the ball of the foot or the toes, tingling in the toes, or pain in the ball of the foot. It may feel like you’re walking on a stone and if it gets severe it can impact your ability to walk properly. The symptoms will generally begin and then worsen over time.
A foot neuroma can be caused by anything that irritates a nerve in the foot, However, they are generally caused by wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow. A shoe with a small toe box such as a pointed toe shoe is often the cause, especially if this is combined with high heels. Another cause is often unstable footing which can be the result of wearing shoes that don’t provide enough support or walking on uneven surfaces such as cobblestones. Another common cause of a foot neuroma is walking or running without proper footwear. If a person is prone to developing hammertoes or bunions, they may also be more susceptible to developing a foot neuroma.
If you believe you may have a foot neuroma, it is a good idea to visit your healthcare provider. There are several ways to treat this condition, but it should not be ignored.
Rest can also help. Staying off your feet for several days can help reduce the inflammation. If you normally walk or run for exercise, try something else such as swimming or biking.
It is a good idea to avoid any activities which increase the pain from the neuroma. Running or walking hills, squatting, carrying heavy loads or climbing stairs can all irritate the nerve and increase the stress on the ball of the foot. Reducing this stress on the foot can help relieve the irritation and reduce the inflammation. This can help speed healing.
Avoid high-heeled shoes. Low-heeled shoes are best. Also stay away from cowboy boots with a heel. Wear shoes with a heel of less than one inch. Also, choose shoes with a wide toe box that doesn’t pinch the toes. It is also helpful to wear rigid shoes that provide good support.
Use ice to help relieve the pain and inflammation of the nerve. Contrast soaks that provide five minutes of heat followed by five minutes of ice, then five minutes of heat for 20 to 30 minutes can also help.
A foot neuroma can be very painful. Wear shoes that fit and have a low heel. If the pain doesn’t abate with ice and heat, then make an appointment to see your healthcare provider.