The Pain of Morton's Neuroma
Caused by Footwear?
Morton's Neuroma is a foot pathology involving an inflamed nerve in the ball of the foot, usually between the base of the second and third toes. It is sometimes called Morton disease, Morton metatarsalgia, Morton nerve entrapment, Morton's disease, Morton's metatarsalgia, Morton's nerve entrapment and Morton's Myopathy.
Morton's Neuroma is caused by chronic compression of a branch of the plantar nerve between the ends of the metatarsal bones (the third intermetatarsal space).
The chronic compression or squeezing of the bones in the forefoot is caused by a number of factors: irritation, injury, and pressure from wearing ill fitting shoes or shoes with a restrictive toe box. Like other painful foot pathologies, like achilles tendonitis, it can also be caused in part by repetitive strain. This disorder is especially common in women who wear high-heeled and/or narrow shoes. The condition is often referred to as an intermetatarsal neuroma, which describes its location in the ball of the foot between the metatarsal bones. Myopathy (disease of the muscle) neuromas ( tumors that arise in nerve cells) may also occur in other locations in the foot. Technically speaking, Morton's Neuroma is not a tumor. It is a thickening of the tissue surrounding the digital nerves that lead to the toes. These nerves allow for physical sensation on the skin of the toes.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, numbness, burning, or stinging in the toes and forefoot, particularly between the third and fourth toes. Some patients have likened the feeling to "walking on a marble" while others may complain that it feels like they are walking on a sprained foot. The symptoms can be treated by addressing the inflammation: rest, ice, and better fitting shoes. Surgical procedures have had mixed results at best. Generic and custom insoles help prevent excessive collapse of the metatarsal arch, while orthotics can provide customized support to both the medial and metatarsal arch. Undoubtedly this can relieve pain, but dependency on insoles and custom orthotics (especially if rigid) develops as the foot’s muscles progressively weaken. This means people will need to go back and get their orthotics adjusted regularly, which can get very expensive.
A possible solution?
For many people with this painful condition, the Barefoot Science arch activation system has been a great asset. They feature a dome contour that helps “open up” the affected area through gentle pressure, quickly reducing pain. For more information, read this Barefoot Science review. As many hundreds of thousands of users of can attest to, this foot strengthening system encourages the foot to work, increasing circulation as its muscles become stronger, thus restoring foot health. They are also quite affordable. Barefoot Science
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