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What can a podiatrist do for a neuroma affecting the foot?



There are times we might feel an abrupt sharp pain in one of our feet. The pain is commonly noticed between the 3rd and 4th toes.This pain generally are a neuroma or as it is also known, Morton’s Neuroma. This is usually a frequent foot disorder treated by Podiatrists. When you've got a neuroma you will see swelling and shooting pain in the area. The symptoms that you will have if you have a neuroma frequently can be sharp pain, burning, numbness, prickling, cramping pains in the front part of the foot and sometimes there will be deficiencies in feeling in that area of the foot.

The actual cause of the neuroma is frequently because the bones of the 3rd and 4th toes are compressing a nerve that is situated between them. You will get the symptoms of the neuroma following there's been high force on the ball of the foot. The activities which cause this type of strain are walking, standing, leaping or even running. They are high-impact exercises which have been known to put a large amount of pressure and stress on the feet. The other way in which you may get this problem is by using shoes with pointed toes and high heels. The high heels puts force on the foot as the weight of the body is sustained by the front part of your feet. As there is no other balance for the foot you are forced to rely on the ball of the foot to balance the body while you're walking, standing or any other exercise.

Neuromas are a curable foot problem that could also be avoided from happening altogether. The initial step to treating the neuroma is to select and use the appropriate shoes. The footwear you should choose must have a wide area for the toes and the top of the shoes must not press down onto your foot. You should then consider using an that has been created with a metatarsal pad. The pad will be put behind the ball of the foot. By having the metatarsal pad placed in this position the load on the foot is relieved as the weight on the foot is evenly distributed through the foot. When these self help steps don't help, then see a podiatrist for other options.