Nearly everyone that spends a good amount of time on their feet has experienced a certain amount of foot pain. In fact, it’s quite common for most people to have some foot pain nearly every single day while walking, running, or standing on their feet at their jobs, it’s not unusual. However, there is one kind of foot pain that originates in the ball of the foot and radiates out towards toes called Morton’s neuroma that can be quite serious and needs to be attended to in its early stages before progression.
Most of the Sufferers of Morton’s Tend to Be Female
Whilr this type of foot pain can afflict all types of people of either sex, it tends to afflict those that are over 50 and female much more often. It also tends to focus on people that have flat feet, bunions, extra high arches, and hammertoes. Studies also show that those that wear tight fitting shoes that are too narrow or with high heels suffer from Morton’s at a far higher rate than those that wear comfortable shoes.
Exact figures are unknown but some estimates show that women experience this type of foot pain at least five times more often than men. This may be attributable to the poorly fitting shoes that many millions of women wear each day at work while on the job.
A typical neuroma is defined as a small tumor that manifests itself on the end of the nerve and causes pain and numbness to the surrounding area serviced by that same nerve. In a Morton’s neuroma there is no tumor but instead a thickening of the tissues surrounding the end of a nerve that causes a similar sensation. Many people with the condition feel like they are walking on marbles in the balls of their feet that causes pain that radiates from there into the toes and sometimes causes numbness.
There Are Some Simple Cures for Some
For those that are astute enough to recognize the early warning signs of pain in their feet and take action by seeing a podiatrist as well as reading the post on doulamarin.com, further degradation can be avoided. The first important treatment for Morton’s neuroma is to eliminate all poorly fitting shoes from the wardrobe and begin wearing comfortable shoes all of the time. It is then important to install soft insoles, arch supports, and other types of inserts in order to pad the feet from daily wear and tear.
Many podiatrists administer steroid injections in the area to help reduce the inflammation and swelling around the damaged nerve. This treatment, combined with shoe supports, is usually enough to stall the progression of the disease and many times reverse it as well. If the pain persists, the next step will normally be some kind of surgery designed to help relieve the pressure on the nerve or completely remove the nerve instead.
If you find yourself experiencing foot pain in the balls of your feet on a regular basis it would be an excellent idea to make an appointment with the podiatrist as soon as possible. Failure to act could result in a condition worsening and make more drastic measures such as injections and surgery necessary. As with most repetitive use injuries prevention is the best cure and early diagnosis and intervention is the next best thing.