Caring for feet at homeChildren in the U.S. get around 12 colds per year—that’s a lot of germs! Adults get around 2 to 4, according to Jennifer Ackerman’s book, “Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold.” Home remedies abound once the cold and flu season kicks in, but have you ever thought of home remedies for your feet? They may be helpful in relieving neuroma pain.

A neuroma is the thickening of nerve tissue. It can be found in various parts of the body, but the most common neuroma in the foot is specifically called a Morton’s neuroma. Most often, the thickening happens at the base of the third and fourth toes between the metatarsal bones—you’ll probably feel symptoms more in the ball of your foot. Pressure and irritation can compress the nerve and then enlarge it, which creates pain, tingling, burning, and numbness in the forefoot.   

The simple act of applying ice or rubbing ice over the area may help relieve pain. You should always rest from the activity that caused your discomfort, try some toe stretches, and avoid high heels and tight shoes. If you need to buy a new pair of shoes, make sure they have plenty of room in the toe box.

You can buy special metatarsal padding, inserts, or toe straighteners to displace pressure from the area and ease pain from the pinched nerve. The padding goes on the ball of your foot and sometimes comes attached to a sock-like bandage that you slip onto the front of your foot.

Our highly trained staff can create a custom orthotic that will also cater to this problem. The orthotics give you added arch support to help correct the extra weight you might be placing on the nerve.

It’s better to go to the doctor early if you have signs of this condition. This way, you can avoid more advanced treatments, like surgery and injections. The more progressive the neuroma, the more progressive the treatment.

Getting relief for your neuroma pain isn’t as uncommon as you think! Follow these remedies and visit McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group by calling (916) 961-3434. We serve the greater Sacramento area, including Carmichael, Citrus Heights, and Fair Oaks. Stop in today! 

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