Have you ever experienced numbness or tingling in your toes? Intermittent pain? A clicking feeling as you walk? The sensation that you are walking on a pebble stuck in your shoe? If so, you might be suffering from Morton’s neuroma – one of the most common problems seen by foot specialists today. A pair of great Morton's Neuroma insoles can be one of the best ways to help relieve your pain.
Morton’s neuroma – also called traumatic neuroma – is an inflamed and/or enlarged nerve in the metatarsals (toes). It most commonly occurs between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads. This is where the intermetatarsal nerve is the thickest. Neuromas can also occur between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal heads.
Symptoms of neuromas include:
Pain between the toes while walking or running. Stopping the activity most often brings immediate relief.
Tingling, numbness, or pain in the ball of the foot.
Swelling in the toe area.
A clicking sensation between the toes as you walk (Mulder’s sign).
For most people, choosing more supportive, comfortable footwear in addition to adding a pair of Morton's neuroma insoles with Morton's neuroma pads or metatarsal pads will effectively treat and prevent this condition.
Both biomechanical problems and shoe choice can contribute to the condition. With that in mind, there are four main causes.
Biomechanical irregularities – High arches and flat feet can lead to neuromas. These foot types cause instability around the toes and increased pressure on the metatarsal nerves. Overpronation will cause the metatarsals to rotate excessively, pinching the nerve.
Trauma to the nerve – Blunt trauma to the toes can damage the nerve.
Improper footwear – Shoes that are too tight will squeeze the toes together. High heels over two inches will increase the pressure on the front of the foot.
Repeated stress on the feet – Jobs that keep you on your feet all day, in conjunction with biomechanical problems or improper footwear, can speed up the development of neuroma.
Women make up the majority of people who suffer from neuromas. This is mainly due to their overuse of high heels and tight shoes. For women, it is important to choose proper footwear to prevent the condition. Pick shoes with:
Wide toe boxes
Heels less than two-inches high
Room for insoles
Thick soles that are shock-absorbent
Women who wear high heels frequently and also engage in weight-bearing exercises like running, aerobics, or tennis may develop Morton’s neuroma more quickly than others.
If you are suffering from the condition, your podiatrist will most likely tell you to start wearing insoles to return your foot to a normal position. This will address any biomechanical irregularities – particularly overponation.
For immediate relief try:
Icing the foot
Using over-the-counter shoe pads to relieve pressure
If you have a serious case, your podiatrist might:
Inject the area with corticosteroid or prescribe anti-inflammatory medication
Surgically remove the neuroma
Surgery is a last resort. This will be performed under a local anesthetic. You have to stay off the foot for four to six weeks after the procedure. Most people report complete recovery after the surgery without pain. Side effects include continued numbness in the area.
The best insoles for Morton's neuroma, like the Tread Labs Stride, have medical-grade arch supports and firm structure. Our Morton's neuroma inserts correct overpronation, one of the main biomechanical irregularities that contributes to nerve trauma. Our insoles also will lift and separate the metatarsals, alleviating pressure on the nerve.
In addition, Tread Labs offers metatarsal pads for Morton's neuroma. These are small, cushioned pads that are specifically designed to relieve and prevent forefoot pain.
For most people, choosing more supportive, comfortable footwear in addition to adding a pair of Stride insoles with metatarsal pads will effectively treat and prevent Morton's Neuromas.
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