If you're feeling a sharp pain between your third and fourth toes you may have developed a foot condition called Morton's Neuroma. What's that you wonder? It's a problem caused by any irritation which leads to thickening of tissue surrounding the nerve that travels to the third and fourth toes.
Recent research at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh found that Morton's neuroma has climbed by 115% percent (more than doubled) in women between 40 and 69 in the past 10 years. Women who wore high heels greater than 2 inches were at greater risk.
Although it's true that high heels are often the culprit--neuromas develop four times as often in women than men--avoiding heels aren't the only way to prevent this condition. Men and woman who wear shoes that are too tight or have a narrow toe box or participate in sports activities such as running are also more likely to develop this painful condition.
But no need to worry. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we've helped men and women resolve this problem hundreds of times.
Of course as a Seattle podiatrist my first recommendation will be to limit your high heel use. But even if you don't refrain there are several other solutions to this problem.
Ice - to initially relieve the pain and swelling
- Padding - this relieves the pressure on that stubborn nerve that is causing all your pain
Orthotics - shoe inserts either over the counter or customized for your feet, if padding is not sufficient.
Roomier shoes - if your shoes are squeezing your tootsies, purchase shoes with a wider toe box. Be sure you get the proper fit for running shoes as well dress shoes.
Injections with alcohol - guided alcohol injections can work well to shrink the neuroma.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.