Ways to Improve Morton’s Neuroma Without Surgery in oakland ca
“I feel so good now. My neck feels better, no more headaches! My back feels great! Now if I could only figure out this foot pain.” My patient said this to me after I’d been seeing her for months.
“Why didn’t you tell me about your foot? I can help you with that!” Turns out she had Morton’s Neuroma, a condition I see all the time and can easily be improved, if not, completely fixed. Don’t go to the surgeon for it though, they’ll cut your nerve and the biomechanical problem will still be there. Instead, with gentle adjustments, orthotics, and a nice toe spreader, we can alleviate the pain once and for all.
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma is a condition affecting the ball of the foot, usually between the third and fourth toes. The feeling can be described as stepping on a pebble - that is because the tissue surrounding the nerves leading to the toes has thickened. This thickening of tissue can lead to pain. The pain may be burning or sharp, or it may come in the form of numbness.
With the narrow toe box shoes that we all walk around in, for years, the toes get squished together and the center of the foot drops, squeezing the nerves between the toes. Knowing the biomechanics of the problem helps me to understand how to fix it.
How to Alleviate the Pain from Morton’s Neuroma
Chiropractic Adjustments: Adjusting the foot realigns the bones so that they can move more like they’re supposed to. I also release the soft tissue between the toes so that the pressure on the nerve is reduced.
Custom Orthotics: Custom orthotics are medical devices that shape to each unique individual’s feet, supporting the structures so that they can work together properly. For Morton’s Neuroma sufferers, this means preventing the rolling of the metatarsal arches located at the ball of the foot when walking, which is a major cause of compression and pain. I do custom orthotics in office, at a much more reduced price than what you would pay at a podiatrist.
Yoga Toes: Yoga toes are toe spacers that help to reduce nerve compression by creating space and resetting biomechanical patterns of the foot that cause compression to occur. These should be worn everyday for up to an hour. Start small though, they are intense. I recommend starting with five minutes and building your way up. Twenty minutes a day is plenty. I recommend these.
Metatarsal Pads: Metatarsal pads support the metatarsal arches of the foot, supporting the heads of the metatarsal bones. They work by putting the pad in the shoe under the location of the neuroma. You can check them out here.
If you or someone you know have Morton’s Neuroma, you don’t have to suffer through the pain. Call our office to make an appointment at 510-922-1579, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Metatarsal pads are used to spread the metatarsal arch which runs across the ball of the foot. It encourages correct placement of the arch and supports the bones in your feet, reducing the pressure on the neuroma.
YogaToes are toe spreaders that help in reducing nerve compression. They are also effective at resetting the foot's biomechanics and can help with reducing long-term Morton's Neuroma pain.
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