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Factors that Could Lead to a Neuroma

Some injuries have an obvious cause, but others require a little more detective work. A broken toe or a sprained ankle, of course, is usually quite easy to trace, but we do see a lot of people with trouble they just can’t really explain. One of those issues is Morton’s neuroma.

As with many other foot-related issues, there’s no single, definitive, mechanical cause of this condition, aside from the irritation of the nerve between your second and third toes. That can happen in lots of different ways. Some common factors that lead to neuromas include:

  • Tight, unsupportive footwear. Narrow, constricted toe boxes (think “pointy shoes”) that cram your toes together and don’t allow them to move freely can really irritate the nerve. Likewise, high heels push all of your body weight down on your forefoot, where the neuroma forms.
  • The presence of other foot deformities, such as high arches, bunions, and hammertoes, can increase your risk for developing a neuroma as well. Biomechanical and structural issues can cause instability in toe joints and unbalance force across your foot, putting more pressure on your nerve.
  • Certain jobs or hobbies that put a lot of stress on forefeet can be at fault, too. Those who spend a lot of time on ladders or work in crouched positions (flooring, landscaping, etc.) are at greater risk for neuromas.
  • A previous or recurring injury, such as dropping something on your foot or repeated trauma to the feet from high-impact athletic endeavors, can make your foot more susceptible to neuroma development.

If you’re already beginning to feel a painful or uncomfortable bump forming between your toes, one that feels like a pebble or bunched-up sock when you walk on it, call Family Foot and Ankle Center. Whether the answer is shoe modification, orthotics, medication, taping, or surgery, our experts will help you make the right choice. Dial (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572 to set up an appointment today.

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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