Posts for: August, 2021
Are neuromas dangerous?
It’s important not to confuse a neuroma with Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is a benign growth that develops on the nerves; however, Morton’s neuroma is not a growth; it’s simply inflammation and swelling of the tissue around the nerves that lie between the toes (often between the third and fourth toes).
What causes Morton’s neuroma?
Any kind of intense pressure or compression placed on these toes can lead to inflammation of the tissue around the nerves. Some people are more at risk for developing Morton’s neuroma. Risk factors include:
- Playing certain sports such as running or tennis, which puts pressure on the balls of the feet
- Wearing high heels with a heel that’s more than 2 inches tall
- Wearing narrow shoes or shoes with pointed toes
- Certain foot conditions such as bunions or hammertoes
- Flat feet or high arches (or other congenital foot problems)
Since this condition involves inflamed tissue, you won’t notice a growth or bump in the area; however, you may simply experience pain that is gradual and minor at first and is alleviated by not wearing shoes. Symptoms often get worse with time and result in:
- Swelling between the toes
- A sharp burning pain between the toes that gets worse with activity
- Tingling or numbness in the foot
- Feeling like there is a pebble or stone in your shoe (often at the balls of the feet)
- Pain that’s intensified by standing on your tiptoes or wearing high heels or pointed-toe shoes
Most people can alleviate their symptoms through simple lifestyle modifications including:
- Massaging your feet
- Shoe pads
- Custom shoe inserts (that a podiatrist can craft just for you)
- Supportive footwear that offers shock-absorption
- Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs
- Steroid injections
- Local anesthetic injections
Spending a long night standing in high heels or stiff loafers is a recipe for heel pain, but if you are feeling constant or long-lasting discomfort on the bottom of your foot, simply changing into your slippers won't bring relief.
Pain on the underside of your foot is common and treatable, but it may take some trial and error to find the best method for you. At Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, our podiatrists will work with you to end heel pain.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, happens when the tissue connecting the toes to the heel bone becomes irritated. This can result in swelling, stiffness, and pain ranging from mild to intense.
If you commonly wear high-heeled, narrow, pointed toe, or flimsy shoes you are more prone to heel pain. Being overweight or putting constant pressure on your foot with activities like running or jumping are also potential sources of heel pain.
When should I seek treatment for heel pain?
If your discomfort is making it difficult to stand or walk or preventing you from doing physical activities, have the podiatrists at our Chandler, AZ office evaluate your heel pain. We will examine your foot and check for tenderness or swelling before developing a custom treatment plan.
What can be done to treat my heel pain?
Usually, discomfort can be solved with at-home remedies, including one or more of the following:
- Switching to low impact exercise
- Avoiding high heeled or non-cushioned shoes
- Wearing supportive, well-fitting footwear
- Stretching your arches
- Using a splint while sleeping
Treatments for heel pain done in our Chandler, AZ, office, such as physical therapy or a cortisone injection, may also be necessary. In rare cases a surgical procedure might be advised.
Trust the heel pain experts at our Chandler, AZ, office to have you up and about -- comfortably -- in no time. Call Family Foot and Ankle Care at 480-732-0033.