Many Americans struggle with Morton’s neuromas. Blamed on repeated nerve irritation and compression, it causes people to experience great pain directly in between their third and fourth toes every time they take a step.
Consequently, they may decide to get foot massages at the local mall. Although this sounds like a superlative idea, it isn’t. Remember, the nerve is already irritated and under pressure. So, massaging the foot in the wrong way could exacerbate the situation.
If you look at a human foot from end to end, you’ll notice that the toes extend into a thick area known casually as the ball. Anatomy and physiologists often refer to that general area as the metatarso-phalangeal joint. It’s where our toes hook up with the cuneiform and cuboid. The cuneiform and cuboid connect to the navicular and calcaneus, respectively.
They meet up with the talus and eventually connect to the fibula and tibia. Nerves, blood vessels, muscles and ligaments are obviously all there too, which makes the foot a very compact part of the human body.
With that said, deeply massaging the foot often causes many of those components to shift position, and not necessarily in a positive way. Therefore, the only way massage should be considered as a treatment for Morton’s neuroma is if it’s being performed by a professional.
Ideally, the professional should be a podiatrist that understands the intricacies of treating Morton’s neuroma. It should also be noted that massage shouldn’t be the only treatment for patients, especially if they have a moderate or severe case of nerve damage.
There are a number of non-surgical treatments that work well with podiatrist driven massage sessions. They include the use of special padding, ice packs, footwear modifications and orthotic devices. Patients may also opt to take injections or prescription medications to lessen inflammation and pain. To learn more, speak with a licensed podiatrist.