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More and more women are being diagnosed with neuromas. The condition has become more frequent in women runners presumably because this painful nerve disorder is triggered by their use of pointed-toed and narrow work shoes and the abuse their feet experience when running, especially on hard surfaces.
The most common type of neuroma is the Morton’s. This condition can develop in various areas of the feet, but more prominently observed at your third and fourth toes’ base. During its early stages there can be inflammation and pain brought about by the pressure exerted on the nerves between the 3rd & 4th toes.
In more severe cases the pressure can be so extreme that the sensation to the area of the toes is lost, and the services of a surgeon becomes necessary.
High heels or narrow shoes usually compress the toes leading to irritation and eventual swelling and thickening of the nerves. Usually, neuroma has been associated with sports activities like running and other sports where stress on the forefoot is experienced repetitively.
As the condition continues to progress there is a possibility that consistent tingling, numbness, and burning pain would be experienced at the base area of your toes.
Although not confined only to women, the continuous use of pointed, narrow, high-heeled shoes to work combined with an active lifestyle (like frequent running for example) contributes to the development of neuromas.
This is presumably because this combination creates extreme stress on the feet that when left unattended allows the condition to worsen progressively.
Morton’s more specifically has been found to happen more to women as compared to men. This is because although men’s shoes may be pointed and narrow, they are not as narrow and pointed as those worn by women.
The high heels that tilts the foot down further into the narrow tips of the shoes of women creates a squeezing action that aggravates the pinching of the nerves that can lead to neuroma.
On the average, the ratio of women-to-men who suffer from Morton’s neuroma can be anywhere from 5:1 and go as high as 10:1.
The condition is not isolated to middle aged women who wear narrow and pointed high-heeled shoes more often. Women can get them as early as 15 years old.
One of the challenges with neuromas is the lack of outward signs that signal its presence. Women runners seem most susceptible leaving them victims of the condition any time during their run.
There have been times when the shooting pain associated with neuromas has been experienced during normal walking. Some of the more common symptoms women runners can experience are:
Once the pain begins to flare up, it can be difficult to deal with Morton’s neuroma. Some quick fixes to minimize the pain can include:
Call into your nearest Foot Solutions UK store to see how we can help with Morton’s Neuroma.