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Morton's Neuroma

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A simple solution for Morton’s neuroma in runners may be right around the corner. If you have ever experienced knife like pain in your 2nd & 3rd  toes when running, it could be Morton’s Neuroma. According to The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,  Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes. Pain is felt in the ball of the foot, and shooting pain to the 3rd and 4th toes can be felt. There are many causes, but runners who wear narrow shoes are susceptible. The forefoot becoming compressed and the nerves leading to the toes can become irritated and inflammed. If left untreated it could become painful and possibly require surgery.(see link below for details)

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00158

If you begin to notice any symptoms always seek medical attention.  In the short term, you may need to change your shoes for a wider toebox. That alone could reduce pain, however  a metatarsal (met)pad may be needed.  Place the met pad in your shoe for support of the transverse arch and unload the pressure on the nerve. Metatarsal (Met) pads can be purchased at almost in running specialty store.(see link below)

http://running.competitor.com/2012/12/news/the-50-best-running-stores-in-america-for-2012_63284

 

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