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What can a podiatrist do for a neuroma?

There are times we will experience a sudden sharp pain in one of our feet. The pain sensation is usually felt between the 3rd and 4th toes.This pain generally are a neuroma or as it is also referred to, Morton’s Neuroma. This is usually a frequent foot problem seen by Podiatrists. If you have a neuroma you will have inflammation and shooting pain in the area. The symptoms you will experience if you have a neuroma typically are often sharp shooting pain, burning, pins and needles, tingling, cramps in the front part of the foot and frequently you will have deficiencies in sensation in that part of the foot.

The reason for the neuroma is frequently because the metatarsals of the 3rd and 4th toes are squeezing a nerve that is placed between them. You will get the signs and symptoms of the neuroma just after there's been significant force on the ball of the foot. Those activities which cause this kind of load are walking, standing, jumping or even sprinting. These are high impact activities that have been known to place a large amount of force and stress on your feet. The other way that you could get this disorder is by wearing shoes with sharp toes and high heels. The high heels places pressure on the foot as the weight of the body is supported by the front part of your foot. As there is no other balance for the feet you are forced to rely on the ball of the foot to balance the body when you are walking, standing or other exercise.

Neuromas certainly are a treatable foot disorder that can also be avoided from occurring altogether. The first step to treating the neuroma is to select and use the right footwear. The shoes you should choose will need to have a wide area for the ball of the foot and the top of the footwear should not press down onto your feet. Next give some thought to wearing a foot orthotic that has been designed with a metatarsal support. The support will be put behind the ball of the feet. By having the metatarsal pad placed in this spot the force on the feet are relieved since the weight on the foot is evenly distributed through the feet. If these self help methods don't help, then see a podiatrist for other options.