In this video we will discuss metatarsal neuromas. A neuroma is characterized by a thickening of the nerve tissue, typically presenting in one of the interdigital nerves of the foot. These nerves are in between the long bones of the foot bringing sensation to the toes. As the tissue thickens, the nerve and surrounding structures become compressed, resulting in pain, tingling or burning sensation in the ball of the foot.
High heeled footwear or shoes that are narrow in the forefoot can exacerbate these symptoms. Foot orthosis with the metatarsal pad and additional cushioning can support and offload this area. By reducing the depression of the metatarsal arch, symptoms are reduced or eliminated. Combining your orthotics with a low heeled shoe that fits the width of your foot will assist in alleviating your symptoms.