Are you experiencing tingling or numbness in your toes? Do you feel a burning sensation on the ball of your foot or have the feeling that your sock is wrinkled when walking? If so, you may have a neuroma. Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC are sharing their top tips for preventing nerve pain and neuromas.
While there’s no one cause of Morton’s neuroma, there could be several factors that contribute to it. Wearing proper footwear and avoiding activities that might irritate the nerves in your forefoot can have a tremendous effect on decreasing your risk of developing a thickened nerve.
Here are some of our top tips for prevention neuromas and nerve pain:
Be sure there’s adequate space in the toe box. Squeezing your toes into shoes that are too tight for them to move freely or sit naturally can cause all types of foot problems, including thickened or pinched nerves. Choose adjustable or wider width styles to avoid constricting your nerves.
Wear shoes with low heels or no heels. Shoes that have high heels tend to force your body weight forward onto the front of your feet, which is where neuromas typically form. Avoid heeled footwear whenever possible or limit yourself to a heel that is two inches or lower.
Make sure your footwear has adequate support. Cushioned soles serve as a shock absorber to protect the nerves in your feet from irritation or pressure. Choose shoes and booths that offer sufficient padding in the ball of your feet. You might also want to consider an over-the-counter insole.
Address any known foot problems. Flat feet, overpronation, high arches, and other deformities or problems can lead to the formation of Morton’s neuroma if it puts extra pressure at the front of your foot. Ask your podiatrist about custom orthotics, arch supports, or other methods to prevent related complications.
If you think you have nerve problems in your feet, don’t wait – contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello, at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC to schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located offices in Newtown and Waterbury, CT.