Do you have problems with pain underneath your feet? It may be Morton’s Neuroma. See my personal story and what it’s all about when I explain this condition with a funny name below.
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects one of the nerves that run between the long bones (metatarsals) in the foot and involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. The exact cause is not certain however it is sometimes relieved by ceasing to wear footwear with tight toe boxes and high heels. Symptoms include pain, burning, numbness and tingling between two of the toes of the foot. About a third of people just need simple treatments including modification of their footwear or sometimes wearing orthotics but some very severe and persistent symptoms sometimes require surgery but this is rare.
Some anti-inflammatory medications can also help if used in conjunction with these modifications however be aware that the over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications available from your pharmacy, whilst they can reduce some of the pain they also come with side-effects that might become more of a problem than the condition itself.
“I myself have recently suffered with this condition. I guess all the high heels and narrow fitting shoes that I wore over the years thinking it made me look good has a lot to do with why I’m suffering now! But as it’s only been a couple of months since it was diagnosed, due to the incredible pain I experienced when walking, I thought I’d share my own journey with you as it has now resolved to the point where most of the day I’m unaware that my foot is sore.
On learning that it had a name and that the nerves of my foot were involved I realised it would be a difficult process to reverse all the damage ill-fitting shoes had done. As the ball of my foot felt hot, I first began with using BE RELIEVED (a natural anti-inflammatory) as often as I could to help bring down the inflammation while I waited for my orthotics to be made. I massaged and moved my toes hoping that it would separate the bones of the toes so that they didn’t impinge on the nerve. After the first couple of days I noticed the hot feeling underneath the ball of my foot was gone but the pain still persisted, but not quite as much. Eventually I picked up my orthotics and chose to wear the most comfortable and supportive pair of shoes I had.
It wasn’t easy but after a few weeks the pain had lessened greatly and as I mentioned above it’s now at the stage where I hardly notice it at all. So for anyone suffering from this horrible (self-inflicted in my case) problem I just wanted you to know that there is hope.” Cheryl Gilbert