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Preventing Neuromas

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A painful neuroma can sap your enthusiasm in a hurry. Whether your plan this weekend was to check out the new exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum (photography of human-altered landscapes—should be cool!), catch a Reds game (Cubs are in town), or just enjoy a walk with a loved one or time with kids or grandkids, foot pain can really ruin an afternoon.

While there’s no one “cause” of Morton’s neuroma—there could be a number of underlying factors in play. Wearing the right footwear for your feet and avoiding activities that aggravate or irritate the nerves in your forefoot can have a profound effect on reducing your risk of developing a thickened nerve. Some of our top tips are below.

  • Space in the toe box. Cramming your toes into shoes that are too tight for them to move freely (or even sit naturally) can cause all sorts of foot problems, including pinched or thickened nerves. Choose wider or adjustable-width styles to avoid compressing your nerves.
  • No heels like low heels. Shoes with high heels push your body weight forward onto your forefoot, right where neuromas form. Avoid heeled footwear whenever possible, and if you absolutely must pull out those flashy pumps for a big event, limit yourself to a 2” heel or lower.
  • Make sure you have adequate padding. Thick, cushioned soles act as a shock absorber for your feet, protecting nerves from pressure or irritation. Choose a pair of shoes that provides adequate padding in the ball of our feet. You may also consider an over-the-counter insole.
  • Address any known foot problems. High arches, flat feet, overpronation, and other mechanical problems or deformities can lead to the formation of a Morton’s neuroma if it places extra pressure at the front of your foot. Ask as about arch supports, custom orthotics, or other therapies for these underlying conditions in order to prevent related complications.
     

If you think you have nerve problems in your feet, don’t wait—call Family Foot and Ankle Center today. The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely simple methods (like the ones suggested above) will be effective. Schedule an appointment online, or by calling (513) 728-4800 (Ohio) or (859) 282-1572 (Kentucky).

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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