Morton's neuroma occurs when there is thickening of the nerve, which usually occurs between the third and fourth toes. This benign foot condition can make it feel like you are walking on a stone. Sometimes, you can manage the condition at home by minimizing pressure on your feet. Otherwise, medical intervention may be necessary.
Avoid Constricting Shoes
The worst shoes are high heels, which require you to balance more on the balls of your feet. If you must wear shoes with heels, limit yourself to shoes with a platform. Most shoes with higher heels and a platform allow you to balance your weight more evenly between the heel and ball of your feet.
You also need to pay attention to the way shoes fit across your toes. Some shoes have a narrow toe box, which increases pressure across the width of your feet. Additionally, the top of your shoes should not make your feet and toes feel constricted. The downward pressure on the top of your shoes can further aggravate the condition. Shoes made from softer materials can also be more accommodating than boots or pumps.
You can add cushioning to any pair of shoes by purchasing orthotics or inserts. Look for inserts that are specifically made for the ball of your feet. This will decrease the amount of pressure on the ball of your foot, especially if you are very active or have a job where you must spend many hours standing or walking. You may want to consider investing in cushions that are made of memory foam or gel, which are designed to conform to the shape of your feet while offering support. The ability to conform to your feet can also prevent your orthotics or inserts from creating new foot problems or irritation.
Consider Medical Intervention
Although many instances of Morton's neuroma can be managed without medication or surgery, you may find that medical intervention is your best option of returning to normal activities. Injectable steroids are a good, temporary option for alleviating pain. However, steroids are unlikely to alleviate symptoms long-term and can lead to decreases in bone density. A minor surgery can remove the neuroma from your foot, and there is little recovery time. If you elect to have surgery, you should continue to minimize pressure on your feet to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.
Although Morton's neuroma is a benign condition, the pain can impede walking and vigorous athletic activities. When conservative treatments do not provide adequate relief, consider surgical options to get you back on your feet.
For more information, contact Family Medical Clinic or a similar location.