Most of us experience pain in our feet at some point in our lives – and it doesn’t need to be debilitating to have a profound impact on your movement and your quality of life.
If you’re suffering from Morton’s neuroma, you could benefit from wearing OrthoSole insoles in your everyday shoes. Read on to learn more about the causes and symptoms of this common condition and discover how our products can speed up your recovery.
What is Morton’s neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma occurs when the tissues surrounding one of the nerves in the sole becomes thickened and inflamed, causing a sharp burning pain just behind the toes (and often between the third and fourth toes).
When weight is placed on the ball of the foot, it can feel like the sufferer is treading on a pebble or a stone. Sufferers also report stinging, tingling and numbness in this area.
Are you at risk of developing the condition
Morton’s neuroma can affect anyone, but it is particularly common in people who:
- Regularly wear high heeled shoes. The unnatural incline places extra pressure on the toes and the balls of the feet, and will eventually start to irritate the nerves that support them
- Take part in certain sports. High-impact activities, like running and jumping, can place a great deal of strain on the feet and lead to trauma damage
- Already have structural issues in the feet. Those with bunions, hammertoes, high arches and fallen arches are much more likely to develop Morton’s neuroma, too
Never ignore the early warning signs of Morton’s neuroma. The quicker you react, the smoother your journey to recovery will be – and you’ll be less likely to sustain further damage to your feet and ankles.
How can you treat it?
The worst thing you can do is continue to walk, run or jump through the pain! As with most foot injuries, rest is paramount. Stop exercising for a few weeks, or switch to lower-impact cardio activities that do not place pressure on your feet.
Massaging the ball of your foot with an ice pack can provide effective relief, and you may also want to take over-the-counter medications when the pain is at its worst.
In more extreme cases, your doctor may suggest localised steroid injections, decompression surgery, or removing the affected nerve altogether.
As well as trying the treatment methods above, we would highly recommend investing in a pair of our orthotic insoles, which have been specifically developed to help relieve the pain associated with Morton’s neuroma and many other foot-related issues.
What are the best insoles for Morton’s neuroma?
The right pair of insoles for Morton’s neuroma will need to provide maximum cushioning not only to the balls of the feet, but also the metatarsal bones. Enhanced support to these structures will help to redistribute pressure and minimise aggravation to the inflamed nerve.
For maximum benefit we recommend purchasing our Max Cushion for your Trainers & Work Boots (shoes with that bit of room) and then our Thin Style for your tight fitting / formal shoes. No matter what shoes you wear making sure the support is there!
OrthoSole insoles have been specifically designed to help combat Morton’s neuroma and other conditions that cause pain and discomfort in the feet. Though each product within our range offers unique benefits, any one of our shoe insoles will offer enhanced cushioning to your feet thanks to the Light, Medium and Firm arch and metatarsal pads that are supplied with each set. These pads can be inserted into the insole in any combination to deliver totally customisable support and instant pain relief.