If your feet hurt between your toes then you maybe suffering from a very common foot injury called Morton’s Neuroma. This condition is usually found in the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions affecting the foots health such as arthritis, gout, hammer toes and metatarsalgia that can cause damage to the nerves around your toes.
What is Morton’s Neuroma? Morton’s Neuroma is when nerves between your toes become trapped and thicken. This condition usually affects your third and fourth toes. If you have this condition it will usually feel as though you are standing on a pebble. You may also feel tender, numb swollen and suffer from of sharp burning pains around the affected toe. There are lots of different causes of Morton’s Neuroma including injury or excessive pressure on one of your toe nerves usually causes this condition. Wearing tight pointed high heel shoes, suffering from biomechanical imbalances such as over pronation, having a bunion or suffering from hammer toes can all causes this condition. Due to pushing your nerves out of places and causes them to become trapped underneath your toe joint. Does Morton’s Neuroma go away? This condition usually does not go away by its own and may require surgery to fix the problem. You can however wear Morton’s Neuroma pads inside your shoes that will help to lessen your symptoms and protect your nerves from further damage. Morton’s Neuroma use orthotic technology to support your toes and make sure that they are in the most comfortable and natural position possible this helps to reduce strain on your toes and nerves. When wearing Morton’s Neuroma pads it is also advised to practise to avoid wearing shoes with a heel no higher then 2 inches is advised, and to wear shoes with good arch support and shock absorption this will lessen strain and pressure on the toe nerves. Other treatments include:
- Wearing shoe inserts to help lessen pressure and strain on the nerve.
- Doing regular stretching exercises to help strengthen supporting muscles around the nerve and correct the toes positioning.
- steroid injection around the affected area (Only masks pain not suitable as a long term treatment option).
- surgery (If pain is severe and all other treatments have been exhausted)