Are you experiencing foot caused by Morton’s neuroma?
Is that pain on the bottom of your foot closer to the toes driving you nuts? One usually feels it between the 2nd and 3rd or the 3rd and 4th toes. It may feel as though there’s a pebble in your shoe, or possibly a more intense shooting pain that starts in the foot and radiates to the toes. In worse cases, the feeling between the toes is diminished or numb. Either way, it’s not a pleasant feeling.
So what’s really going on?
In the bottom of the foot there are small nerves called the plantar nerves (medial and lateral). The medial plantar nerve is most affected due to the nature in which it wraps around the medial aspect of the ankle and into the bottom of the foot, branching into smaller more distal nerves that run between each toe all the way to the medial aspect of the 4th toe. The lateral plantar nerve innervates the lateral aspect of the 4th toe and all of the 5th toe.
When this medial plantar nerve becomes entrapped by adhesion (scar tissue), the nerve doesn’t slide easily between the surrounding musculature. This is known as a nerve entrapment. The increased tension on the more lateral branches causes irritation and eventually a fibrous tissue formation around the nerve itself. This is the part of the nerve that feels like you have a pebble stuck under your foot every time you step on a hard surface.
If caught early, the nerve entrapment can be manually reduced by your Soft Tissue Chiropractor, causing the nerve irritation to go away. However, the longer this is left untreated the worse the nerve damage will become. At that time, surgery may be your only option and regaining feeling between those toes may be lost forever.
It is important to get your foot examined at Zelasko Soft Tissue and Spine as soon as possible. Call Orchard Park Chiropractor Dr. Zelasko today at 716-677-5525.