When you have a painful neuroma—that’s a benign outgrowth of nerve tissue in the ball of your foot, between your third and fourth toes—it can be almost impossible to gear up for activities you used to love—say, a trip to the Contemporary Arts Center, or a shopping run at historic Findlay Market. Fortunately, there are lots of tips you can pursue in order to manage your neuroma pain right at home.
The first: new shoes. No, that doesn’t mean you have to go out and get anything custom-made or expensive, but you do need to know what to keep in mind. You want a pair that provides plenty of space for toes to wiggle freely—tight or narrow toe boxes compress and irritate the nerve. You should opt for lower heels as well, as high heels shift all your weight on to the front of your feet.
If new shoes aren’t quite enough, you can consider trying some over-the-counter inserts to relieve additional pressure. The most helpful include arch supports (especially if you have abnormally low or high arches) and metatarsal pads.
Finally, when painful symptoms strike, a little self-massage can be surprisingly effective. Take off those shoes and rub the painful area—this can improve blood flow and even encourage a trapped, swollen nerve to move back into its normal position.
When home care isn’t enough, stop by Family Foot and Ankle Center at one of our 6 Greater Cincinnati locations. Options for neuromas include everything from stronger medications to custom orthotics, anesthetic injections, or surgery. Our experts will carefully evaluate your condition and help you make the best decision moving forward. To request or schedule an appointment, or for more tips on managing neuroma pain at home, give us a call at (513) 728-4800 (Ohio offices) or (859) 282-1572 (Kentucky). You can also schedule online.