Women Suffering from Neuromas and Choice of Footwear

SignDuring the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Food and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), a correlation between women’s footwear and the common occurrence of Morton’s Neuroma was discussed. That being said, women appear to be generally more susceptible to developing serious foot conditions based on their choice of footwear.

Surgeon Kris DiNucci presented at the conference and stated that active women, those with flat feet as well as women that wear narrow or flat shoes are more likely to develop Morton’s Neuroma. Wearing orthotics or wider shoes with a slight heel can help prevent and alleviate this condition where the nerves at the base of the fourth and fifth toe become inflamed.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, talk to podiatrist Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Ingrassia can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones. Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
  • Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fords and East Brunswick, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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