Did you know you have 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles in your foot? With such a complex structure, it’s no wonder foot pain is so common.
Morton’s Neuroma is caused by a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves that leads out to your toes. It usually happens between the third and fourth toes, and can sometimes feel like a pebble stuck in your sock.
Risk factors for the condition include:
• Having foot abnormalities like bunions, hammertoes or arch problems
• Wearing high heels, which can put extra pressure on your toes
• Participating in high-impact sports like running, which can cause repetitive trauma to your feet
Treatment options for Morton’s Neuroma depend on the severity of your symptoms, but here are some options your doctor may suggest:
• Wearing shoes with wider toe boxes
• Physical therapy
• custom-made orthotics
• Anti-inflammatory medications taken orally or injected into the area
• Nerve-blocking injections
• Decompression surgery that relieves pressure by cutting nearby strictures
• Surgery to remove the nerve causing pain
Talk to The Podiatrist to decide on the best treatment option for you.
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Foot pain is one of the most common symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy. People who suffer from foot and leg pain as a result of neuropathy often compensate for the pain by adjusting their daily activities. Daily living must be modified in order to avoid pain and further damage to the nerves.
The diabetic population suffers from neuropathy and associated foot pain more than any other population. The pain can be reduced through self-care, which should be good and consistent. There are a lot of effective things that can be done at home to prevent further nerve damage and relieve the pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.
Causes of Diabetic Nerve Pain
Diabetic nerve pain, also known as diabetic neuropathy, is caused by nerve damage. Most of the time the damage occurs because of the toxic effects of high blood sugar and poor circulation in the hands, feet, legs and arms. Over time and long-term exposure to high blood sugar levels, the nerves lose their integrity and ability to transmit sensation to pain or heat.
The most effective home treatment for neuropathy and the relief from symptoms associated with this condition is to control the blood sugar levels. When there is balance in the blood, further nerve damage can be prevented. Most of the time when the blood sugar levels are controlled, over time, the nerve damage decreases. This is the most effective and important thing to do when you suffer from diabetic nerve pain.
It is nerve pain that typically forces a person to see a doctor. However, it is the other symptoms such as numbness that land people in the hospital. Poorly healed ulcers and repetitive infections can cause major problems if left untreated or not recognized in time. These symptoms can lead a person in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. If the feet and legs are not cared for properly and infection spreads, amputation may be the end result.
Proper Foot Care
Due to the number of problems that can occur because of numbness and desensitization to pain in the feet, preventative home care is often needed. Treatment such as cleaning and inspecting your feet daily is critical. Remember, it is that tiny cut or abrasion that goes unnoticed that could get you into trouble.
Wearing comfortably and roomy shoes, such as Dr Comfort shoes can also help. This means that you should avoid tight fitting shoes that rub against any part of your foot. The rubbing sensation could cause sores or even deformation, and when they are desensitized you may not even be aware of the pain.
Please see The Podiatrist if you are experiencing any problems.