With fall right around the corner, most people are gearing up to put away their summer shoes in exchange for warmer, weather-proof footwear. While this is generally a good thing (summer shoes can cause a variety of problems, as discussed in our article here) the switch from foot-freeing shoes such as open toed sandals, to tighter, closed toe shoes can cause some issues of their own, especially if they are ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
One such foot problem is called Morton’s Neuroma, a painful condition that characterized by a tingling sensation in the space between the toes. Morton’s Neuroma develops when a nerve between the toe bones becomes irritated and, over time, thickens. When left untreated, it can eventually develop into a burning or sharp shooting pain in the ball of the foot or base of the toes.
While the cause of Morton’s Neuroma isn’t exactly known, it is likely caused by wearing tight shoes, high heels, or any footwear that compresses — or squishes — the foot. Other foot problems, such as flat feet and bunions, can make the condition worse as well.
If you’ve experienced this pain or are in the process of getting out your fall footwear, keep these tips in mind:
- Ensure that your closed toe shoes fit comfortably and don’t compress the toes too much — especially when wearing heels or pointy dress shoes. Wider shoes are less likely to aggravate Morton’s Neuroma.
- Give your feet a chance to breathe throughout the day — when sitting for longer periods of time, remove your shoes, flex your toes and and give your feet a quick massage if you have time.
- If you’re over weight, some weight loss can help remove the strain on your feet.
If you’re a dedicated fashionista and can’t give up your heels or tighter shoes for something more practical, visit your Toronto foot care specialist for custom orthotics, or even a shoe fitting. If the damage is already done, you may need to consider surgery to remove the damaged nerve or to create space around it to lessen irritation.
If you have questions about Morton’s Neuroma or foot pain in general, contact Toronto Podiatrist Chris Hastings and he’ll get your feet into top shape in no time.