Stop the pain of Morton’s Neuroma.
What kind of pain does one get with Morton’s Neuroma?
It is important to note that the pain observed in the early stages of this progressive condition, is very different from the pain observed in the later stages of Morton’s Neuroma. These findings are documented in over 14 thousand Theta Orthotics Morton’s Neuroma patients, over the last 30 years.
- First Stage pain Morton’s Neuroma : In the early stages of this progressive conditions, the pain is often described as a “wadded up sock feeling”. This annoyance stage of the condition could last a few months or a few years. Many patients ignore this early stage of the condition, thinking it will just go away, or is not a big deal. This early weird pain associated with Morton’s Neuroma can become a throbbing / electric pain very quickly, if the foot is somehow traumatized resulting in swelling in the metatarsal area of the foot. Flip flops decrease the pain and are often thought to be the most comfortable shoe in this early stage of Morton’s Neuroma.
- Second Stage pain Morton’s Neuroma: Often the onset of the second stage, follows an increase in weight bearing activity or even trauma as described above. Sometimes the second stage of Morton’s Neuroma is first observed with a new or snug fit pair of shoes. The pain observed with second stage Morton’s Neuroma is anything but an annoyance. It is an intermittent sharp / burning pain that comes out of the blue and can make you get off your feet. During this stage you often wear bigger wider shoes, which helps control the pain. Women eliminate high heels from their shoe wardrobe during this stage of Morton’s Neuroma.
- Third Stage pain Morton’s Neuroma: During this stage pain goes from occasional to constant. Most patients eliminate both necessary and un-necessary weight bearing activities from their life. This stage, documented to last more than 40 years in some patients, destroys active lifestyles. Once a patient is in this stage, everything they do revolves around their NEUROMAS. That is right NEUROMA “S”, even though the pain begins in one foot, eventually most patients report pain from multiple Morton’s Neuromas in both feet .
What causes Morton’s Neuroma?
Without a doubt the cause is at the very least related to weight bearing activities. Walking, standing running activities are all reported to aggravate the condition and increase the frequency and intensity of the nerve pain. Most patients soon realize that the best way to control the pain of Morton’s Neuroma is to eliminate more and more weight bearing activities. What this should tell you is that if you want to treat the cause of the problem, you have to change what happens when you walk and stand.
Do arch supports help the pain of Morton’s Neuroma?
The average patients who calls and asks me for help, has had Morton’s Neuroma for 2-10 years. Most have tried a variety of metatarsal arch pads and arch supports, both over the counter and prescription products. Most patients report that pain is less with a support sandal, or arch support in a wide athletic shoe. Use of Flip flops and bare feet, now create maximum pain from their Morton’s Neuroma. Even though many patients wear Fit Flops, Vionic Sandals, or Birkenstocks Sandals full time, the condition continues to progress. The patients are constantly looking for another physician, or treatment to help control the pain of their Morton’s Neuroma.
How do Physicians treat Morton’s Neuroma?
In the early stages of the condition the pain from Morton’s Neuroma can be controlled with anti-inflammatory or pain medications. Cortisone injections can have temporary benefits in many patients, but do not last long term. Physical therapy provides some limited benefits, but even regular treatments produce minimal results. Multiple alcohol injections probably have more harmful than beneficial effects. Surgical or other ablative procedures, even when effective, do not stop the formation of new neuromas in both feet.
Can any treatment stop the pain of Morton’s Neuroma?
After 35 years of treating thousands of Morton’s Neuroma patients, I have observed only one succesfull way to treat the cause of the problem WELL ENOUGH, to stop the progressive pain of Morton’s Neuroma. Only a progressive treatment with Theta Orthotics will stop the pain of Morton’s Neuroma. Brent A Jarrett DPM
Why can Theta stop pain from Morton’s Neuroma and other arch supports and orthotics can not.
All orthotics attempt to supinate or hold a foot in a more supinated position during function. Which is what is necessary for healing to occur. Unfortunately other orthotics and arch supports do not supinate the foot enough to stop the progression of Morton’s Neuroma and healing can not take place. Theta Orthotics use a progressive treatment to stop the pain weather your neuroma is in one or both feet. Weather you have only tried conservative treatments or if you have already had failed surgery. Theta Orthotics can stop the pain when every other treatment for Morton’s Neuroma has failed. Call get the help you need. 801-651-3067
Brent A Jarrett DPM