Welcome to the Doubleview Podiatry patient newsletter for this month.
Fun Fact: Did you know that each foot contains about 250 000 sweat glands?
Do you have a Morton’s neuroma?
A Morton’s neuroma, also known as an interdigital neuroma, commonly causes pain, burning and tingling in the front part of the foot. Some people also feel as if they’re walking on a pebble.
A neuroma is the benign thickening of an interdigital nerve that runs between two metatarsal bones. They’re more common in women, likely from wearing tight footwear which compresses the bones and causes trauma to the nerves. Poor foot biomechanics can also contribute to its development.
Treatment for a Morton’s Neuroma falls under two categories, conservative or surgical. Conservative treatment is non-invasive, and focuses on alleviating painful symptoms through orthotics, footwear modification, mobilisation and/or acupuncture. In some cases, surgery is recommended to remove the neuroma, for example if it is particularly large. Corticosteroid or ethanol ablation injections may be indicated to assist in relieving symptoms if additional treatment is required.
To make an appointment to have your Morton’s neuroma assessed, you can call our receptionist Sue on 08 9341 5166.
We look forward to seeing you at our practice soon.
Stephen, Sara and Sue
ENGO patches are self-adhesive patches designed to protect your feet from blisters. They are easy to apply, simply peel off the white backing and stick it on your shoes or insoles. They come in different shapes and sizes to target specific areas such as the heels and edges of the feet. ENGO patches are latex-free, sweat proof & water resistant. They start at $15 per patch.