If so, the pain you feel is actually a pinched nerve. The bones of the foot are positioned very close together. Tightly fitting shoes or shifting bone structure can squeeze the toe bones and pinch the nerves in between. It is a common problem, but one that you should pay close attention to.
The body's natural response to nerve pain is to defend the affected area against further pressure by shielding it with extra tissue. Your body actually builds a fort around the damaged nerve in effort to cushion and protect it-surrounding it with a pea-sized pad of tissue called a neuroma . Unfortunately, this only aggravates problems in the foot. There isn't any room for more tissue between cramped toe bones. The neuroma adds to the pressure, thus adding to the pain.
For relief, trade in tight shoes for starters. Second, consult your doctor about oral anti-inflammatory medications available to help reduce the swelling. Cortisone injections around the neuroma are another option. Patients can also be fitted for metatarsal pads that lift and spread the toes, relieving the pain by minimizing the pressure on the nerve. If pain persists and is severe, the neuroma can be surgically removed, usually on an outpatient basis.
- Metatarsal Pads
- Oral Anti-inflammatories
- Cortisone Injections
- Outpatient Surgery
A unique combination of foot care specialists-podiatrists working with orthopaedic surgical physicians-is available only at SportsMed. The combination of podiatry care within an orthopaedic surgical practice allows early intervention in foot and ankle care in an advanced medical setting. It is a high quality, conservative foot care plan unduplicated in region.
Also see:Foot Treatment