I love summer time in Perth. It’s a time to soak up the warmth and hit the beach, indulge in healthy summer fruits and keep active and fit. For some people however, it’s not as pleasant especially if you are experiencing a painful Morton’s Neuroma.
As soon as summer comes around I see an influx of patients complaining of painful burning sensations on the balls of their feet. I call it the ‘summertime injury’.
First things first, what is it? A Morton’s Neuroma is a benign enlargement of one of the nerves that runs from the middle of your feet to the end of your toes. It’s basically a thickening of one of the nerves under the ball of your foot.
Clients normally have difficulty describing exactly how their foot pain or ‘sensation’ feels. Most sum it up by describing it as if there was a pebble or little rock under the bottom of their foot. Some even say they have tried scrapping it away only to find nothing there. Tingling and numbness can extend or shoot down to your toes.
Common reasons people develop a Morton’s Neuroma:
- From wearing bare feet or thongs
- Tight fitting or pointed toe shoes – this compresses the ball of your foot
- Genetics – Having hyper-flexible joints or a long second toe.
- Flat feet or really high arches
- Compensating for other injuries higher in the body
So how do you fix this?
If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know what I’m about to say – every BODY is different and so should everyone’s management plan. Typical ways to reduce Morton’s Neuroma symptoms include:
- Avoid bare feet and thongs
- Wear shoes that are wider at the ball of your foot
- Padding and strapping
- Orthotic therapy with a supportive pad under the ball of your foot
- Cortisone and/or Surgical excision
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then don’t go on living each step in discomfort. Usually it’s not this black and white and there are other underlying associated conditions occurring at the same time which also need to be addressed. It’s your bodies way of telling you something isn’t right.
I promise I won’t be telling you to wear big black ugly lace up shoes to fix it. See you in The Studio!
Founder of The Foot Studio