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What is Morton’s Neuroma?

by MASS4D® Insoles

It is common for people with Morton’s neuroma to complain of foot pain that makes them feel like they’re walking on a pebble.

It is possible to develop this condition at any age in either one or both feet.

Pain is often felt between the third and fourth toes; it is also possible to have a stinging or prickly sensation in the toes.

The reason for this pain is the swelling or thickening of a nerve tissue between the bones in the ball of the foot. With this type of swelling, you may find it difficult to continue walking without limping from the pain.

By learning about some of the common risk factors that can lead to Morton’s neuroma, you can protect yourself and your family better from this painful foot condition.

Morton's Neuroma
Morton's neuroma refers to a swollen nerve between the toes.

Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma

Besides the constant feeling of having a pebble in your shoe, you may also experience a sharp or burning pain in the ball of your foot. 

Sometimes you may feel as though there is something inside the ball of your foot. It is also possible that your toes may feel numb.

Pain can slowly spread to your toes and may increase while walking or running. In the latter stages of the condition, Morton’s neuroma can cause your toes to spread apart.

With your toes positioned this way, wearing shoes can become hard as any kind of pressure on your toes will only increase the pain.

This is especially true if you have a fondness for high-heeled shoes or other tight-fitting shoes that compress your toes.

Runners usually feel this pain more because of repeated stress on the affected toes while running. This is especially true for runners with foot posture problems such as flat feet.

Foot Posture Running

Repetitive stress, resulting from the foot repeatedly striking the ground, can make these sports professionals vulnerable to many types of foot problems, including Morton’s neuroma.

It is important to remember that symptoms of Morton’s neuroma often begin gradually and become progressively worse as the neuroma grows in size.

Which is why it is advisable to consult a foot specialist as soon as you notice any type of persistent pain anywhere in the feet.

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Risk factors of Morton’s neuroma 

There are a few factors that can increase your chances of developing a swollen nerve between the toes.

The most common one is choosing footwear that doesn’t fit you properly. For example, wearing high heels regularly will place extra pressure on the toes and may gradually cause the nerve to become inflamed.

With an increase in heel height and a narrow toe box, your toes are subjected to an intense amount of pressure as they remain compressed the whole time.

If you’re involved in sports such as running or jogging, then it becomes even more risky to wear uncomfortable shoes, as this will only increase the impact of the foot repeatedly hitting the ground.

Additionally, any type of activity that leads to repetitive stress or irritation to the ball of the foot can also lead to the formation of a neuroma, especially with poor training or form.

Having obesity is another factor that can stress the soft tissues of the foot over time. This is because of the extra weight that is consistently put on the feet.

The additional weight causes the foot arch to flatten over time which affects the way your feet move. There is also an improper distribution of weight across the bottom of the foot which can make you vulnerable to Morton’s neuroma.

Foot Pain

Foot pain and changes in the foot structure can make it increasingly difficult for you to take up an active lifestyle.

Changes in the foot structure can affect the movement and function of the feet which, as a result, may lead to the development of health problems and also affect body posture.

Foot posture problems such as flat or high arches can also elevate pressure on the toes because of improper movement of the feet.

This type of foot movement causes an unbalanced distribution of weight which can cause more weight to shift towards the toes, leading to inflammation of the nerve.

It is important to get your feet examined for foot posture problems while treating Morton’s neuroma. If left untreated, these foot problems can cause this condition to develop again.

This is because the abnormal walking patterns can place you at a constant risk of putting excess pressure on the nerve in your foot.

Treatment for Morton’s neuroma

If you suspect you have Morton’s neuroma, it is advisable to first consult a clinician who specialises in foot health such as a podiatrist.

Such clinicians would have the right tools and equipment needed to analyse your feet and spot any problems.

The first step in treatment often involves switching to comfortable shoes that do not leave your toes compressed.

It is better to opt for footwear with enough wiggle room for the toes to move and function properly.

The American Podiatry Medical Association (APMA) recommends shoes that provide adequate/good cushioning at the forefoot to allow the toes to relax.

If you’re obese, try losing the excess weight by pursing an active lifestyle that consists of a healthy diet and exercise.

This should help in easing some of the stress on the affected nerve.

In case the pain is unbearable, speak to your doctor and see if he recommends painkillers or injections for relief.

Try applying an ice pack on the painful region for 10-15 minutes every hour until the pain reduces. This will also help in decreasing any swelling in the region.

Ice Therapy

The golf ball roll is a pain-relieving exercise that can help improve blood flow and reduce pain in the foot. Simply roll a golf ball under your foot for 2-5 minutes.

For foot posture problems, you can practice strengthening exercises to build strength in flat or high arches.

A good arch strengthening exercise is the towel scrunch – place a towel under each foot (one at a time) and start grabbing it by the toes until you reach the edge.

Practising this simple exercise for five minutes each day can help stabilise your arches and improve their condition.

Additionally calf stretches can help in loosening up tight calf muscles; tightness in the calves can lead to collapsed arches over time.

MASS4D® Insoles can help Morton’s neuroma

MASS4D® can help you with flat arches that lead to Morton’s neuroma. These insoles have been created by specialists after a thorough analysis of the way flat arches cause different conditions such as Morton’s neuroma.

By balancing weight distribution in the feet, MASS4D® will help in reducing any excess stress on the inflamed nerve, promoting healing and recovery.

In this way, your MASS4D® Insoles will make a great addition to a rehabilitation programme designed for Morton’s neuroma.

Most people don’t realise the negative effects of improper foot movement.

When your feet don’t move in a healthy manner, you become vulnerable to painful foot conditions that slow you down, including Morton’s neuroma.

MASS4D® Insoles help in regulating movement of the feet to lower your chances of developing this condition again.

Since these are crafted to support the foot, they are able to deliver the level of necessary support required for the treatment of foot posture problems such as flat feet.

With your arch in its normal position, your feet will be able to efficiently absorb shock forces from the ground during running.

This means, not only will your running form improve, but you will also be protected from foot problems that can affect your performance or force you to stop running completely.

This type of supportive treatment promotes healing and helps you recover while keeping you on your feet. So, you’re able to move around without much foot pain to slow you down.

Moreover, with your feet ideally supported throughout the day, your body moves efficiently which helps in lessening your chances of developing common health complaints such as low back pain or hip pain.

This is because an unhealthy foot posture adds stress to the lower body which is forced to adapt to the improper movement of the feet. This adaptation leads to a number of visual changes in your posture over time.

Orthotic For Relief

MASS4D® also helps promote proper alignment from the feet up to the hips and spine. In doing so, these may provide relief from muscle tension, joint pain and arthritis.

The benefit of having MASS4D® Insoles means you don’t have to worry too much about comfort or convenience; these insoles can be worn in most types of footwear which saves you the hassle of having to purchase specific types of shoes to accommodate them.

As part of rehabilitative plans, these insoles assist in the recovery process by keeping any pressure or stress off the affected region; this helps you stay on your feet longer.

So, if you’re suffering from Morton’s neuroma or know somebody with the condition, order a pair of MASS4D® Insoles today and don’t live another day with foot pain.

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