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

There are occasions we could experience an unexpected pain in one of our feet. This shooting pain is generally felt between your 3rd and 4th toes.This pain typically are a neuroma or as it is also referred to, Morton’s Neuroma. This is usually a prevalent foot condition seen by Podiatrists. When you have a neuroma you will see swelling and sharp pain in the area. The signs and symptoms that you're going to feel if you do have a neuroma frequently can be sharp pain, burning, numbness, prickling, cramps in the front part of the foot and sometimes you will have deficiencies in sensation in that area of the foot.

The actual cause of the neuroma is commonly because the bones of the 3rd and 4th toes are squeezing a nerve that is situated between them. You may get the shooting pain of the neuroma just after there has been substantial load on the ball of your foot. Those activities which cause this type of stress are walking, standing, jumping or even sprinting. They are high-impact exercises that have been known to place a large amount of pressure and stress on the feet. The other way that you may get this condition is by wearing footwear with pointed toes and higher heels. The higher heels puts pressure on the foot as the weight of the body is supported by the front area of your feet. As there is no other balance for the feet you are forced to depend on the ball of the foot to balance the body while you are walking, standing or other exercise.

Neuromas are a treatable foot problem that could also be avoided from occurring altogether. The initial step to dealing with the neuroma would be to choose and wear the correct footwear. The footwear that you ought to pick must have a wide area for the toes and the top of the shoes should not press down onto your foot. You should then consider wearing an that has been made with a metatarsal pad. The pad should be put behind the ball of the feet. With the metatarsal support placed in this position the pressure on the foot is relieved as the weight on the feet are evenly distributed throughout the foot. When these self-help methods don't help, then see a podiatrist for other options.