Have you ever experienced a stabbing pain in the ball of your foot, typically right around your second, third and fourth toes? Chances are you have a Morton’s Neuroma, a painful condition that results from an inflamed nerve in the ball of your foot.
While you must see your podiatrist to correctly diagnose this condition, and while some patients may require surgery or more invasive treatments to gain lasting pain-relief, many individuals will be able to resolve the problem at home, with over-the-counter painkillers and directions from your doctor.
Just recently, The New York Times’ Well blog highlighted one easy (and surprisingly pleasant!) at home treatment for neuromas of the feet: self massage!
Massage can open up space between the metatarsal bones in the ball of your foot while increasing circulation; both results may reduce both pain and inflammation.
Massages are most effective at night; ideally, they would be performed after a hot bath or shower.
When starting your massage, focus on the ball of the foot, not the toes, since that’s the true source of the problem. Try placing your thumbs at the top of the foot and the other fingers on the bottom of the foot, then pressing and massaging the bones in the ball of the foot, creating pressure on all sides of the bones.
After your massage, try some stretches, grabbing the front of your foot and pulling it back towards you to open up space in the ball of the foot.
Finally, apply ice to the ball of your foot.For many, at home treatments such as this will alleviate the pain of neuromas. If, however, at home treatments aren’t doing the treat, you may need to explore other options with your Houston podiatrist.