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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 19:34

Impractical Footwear Brings High Risk for Morton’s Neuroma

study 2 New information indicates the Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by overuse of high heels and other impractical forms of shoes.  Neuroma affects the nerves in between the toes; it creates a sensation similar to stabbing whilst walking. It is said that the neuroma derives from too much compression, injury, or damage to the nerve; women that wear high heels or narrow shoes are especially at risk for the condition. If left untreated, the nerve is capable of repairing itself at the cost of using fibrous tissues that will cause thickening and enlargement. High arches, over-pronation, and hypermobility can all aggravate the condition since they interfere with optimal foot function.

By wearing shoes that wide and deep near the toes and do not apply pressure to the metatarsals or other bones in the feet, Morton’s Neuroma can be avoided. Metatarsal support pads can also help by removing pressure from the nerve and promoting natural foot movement.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, talk to one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates of New York. We can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs

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