Dancing with the Stars' Jennifer Grey had neuroma surgeryDancing with the Stars reigning champion and Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey has just undergone surgery to remove a painful Morton's neuroma from her foot. While she had the neuroma prior to the competition, it became worse as she trained and danced. After the competition, in order to stay active and dancing, she realized that it needed to be addressed.

While the Morton's neuroma was present before the show, it became increasingly more painful. This is a common condition for dancers. Dancing, especially for women, requires the use of certain footwear, which are most commonly high-heeled and narrow. Add to that the amount of time that a dancer spends on the ball of the foot, which also increases the pressure and the inflammation of a neuroma.

A Morton's neuroma is an enlargement and inflammation of the nerve that travels between the metatarsal bones. The pressure of the metatarsal bones causes the nerve become inflamed and painful, resulting in pain in the ball of the foot that often shoots into the toes.

I'm sure Jennifer had tried more conservative treatments, such as custom orthotics, before pursuing surgery. No doubt, she also had injections of cortisone during her time on Dancing with the Stars to decrease the inflammation. She may have even used extracorporeal shockwave therapy during that time also. Surgery to remove the neuroma, however, is a suitable last resort and she will undoubtedly feel significant relief.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
Yes! Visit these doctors: They know what they're talking about. I found this article: http://why-do-my-feet-hurt.com/morton.html and saw a podiatrist based on what I learned. Don't wait around like I did. Treatment is effective. See a podiatrist before your pain worsens!
by Edward July 18, 2011 at 01:22 PM
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