High Heels and Morton’s Neuroma

High Heels and Morton’s Neuroma

People who have Morton’s neuroma often liken the pain to having a rock or pebble inside their sock or shoe. If the discomfort does not subside in a reasonable amount of time, it may be diagnosed as this condition. It is defined as a thickened or compressed nerve that is found between the third and fourth toes. Most people feel pain from this condition in the ball of the foot, and it can negatively impact completing daily activities. There are various ways this nerve can become irritated. These include medical conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and high arches. Additionally, wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, such as high heels, can compress the nerve. Having an MRI or CT scan performed is often successful in diagnosing Morton’s neuroma, and a stress fracture may be ruled out by having an X-ray taken. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is advised that you consult a podiatrist who can help you with specific stretches and effective treatments that can relieve your pain.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact the podiatrists of Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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