Does it feel like your feet are burning or tingling like pins and needles?
You’ve been suffering foot pain for years but don’t know what to do about it?
Neuromas – The Symptoms
This may be something called Morton’s Neuroma or Intermetatarsal Neuroma. Patients also often speak about an intense pain either in the ball of the foot or into the toes or in both areas. Patients also can complain in some instances of a numbness or a “fuzzy” sensation in the toes. Along with these descriptions patients also mention a sense of ‘fullness’ or cramping in the toes especially with activity. Some relate that the pain moves from the sole of the ball of the foot into the toes or even radiating into the arch or up the leg. Dress shoes or running in athletic shoes tends to increase the severity of these symptoms. In most instances, patients do report that removal of the shoes and massaging the ball of the foot and the toes gives immediate relief of symptoms. However, in some instances, walking barefoot on hard surfaces can also cause extreme discomfort and duplicate the symptoms.
What is a Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma or Intermetatarsal Neuroma is caused by an entrapment or pinching of the nerves, or repeated micro-traumas which result in a degeneration of the nerve branches. The condition is most commonly found between the 3rd & 4th toes and is much more common in women than in men, possibly due to women’s footwear being more pointed / higher heeled causing the forefoot to be a bit ‘squashed’. These neuromas can most often be found in flattened foot arch types, but also in the normal as well as the high arched foot.
What Should You Do?
At Dubai Podiatry Centre, we can correct the flattened forefoot arch by using a custom orthotic to lift the transverse arch. This enables the metatarsals to align normally and prevent further trauma to the nerves. The transvere arch runs across the forefoot and is different to the most commonly known arch along the instep of the foot. Call Dubai Podiatry Centre on +971 4 3435390 for an appointment with the Podiatrist – we’re here to help!