Yes, Those Pointy High Heels May Be the Cause of Your Morton's Neuroma

Jan 16, 2024
Yes, Those Pointy High Heels May Be the Cause of Your Morton's Neuroma
Do you often feel pain between the third and fourth toes? If so, your shoes could be to blame. Read on to find out how to ease your symptoms and what shoewear is the least problematic.

Shoes are a relatively new invention in the history of humanity, and they can change the way our feet strike the ground, as well as how our weight is distributed. Most of the time, shoes have a beneficial impact. After all, we don’t have to worry about getting cuts on our feet, and we avoid the risk of getting infections. However, some shoes may not be the best at making our lives easier, despite how good they look. 

One of the consequences of ill-fitted shoes or tight shoes is Morton’s neuroma, a condition in which the nerves between the third and fourth toes are compressed. As a consequence, the tissue around the nerves becomes thickened and inflamed.

Our experts at Ledesma Foot and Ankle explain how shoes cause Morton’s neuroma and what treatments are available to ease your discomfort. 

How pointy high heel shoes increase your risk for Morton’s neuroma 

Much like the sciatic nerve — the nerve in your lower back that can get compressed by spending too much time sitting down — the nerve between the third and fourth toes can get compressed as well. Shoes that are pointy and narrow squeeze the toes together, causing compression of the nerves.

Symptoms of nerve compression include pain, discomfort, numbness, and tingling. You may also feel as if you’re walking on a pebble. The discomfort usually gets better with rest. 

Treatments available for Morton’s neuroma 

If you’re experiencing symptoms, the first step to take is to switch to wider shoes with lower heels. If the pain doesn’t go away, you can opt for orthotic devices, corticosteroid injections, and shockwave therapy.

Sometimes the damage to the nerves is extensive, and noninvasive treatments may not bring pain relief. If that’s the case, the neuroma can be removed surgically. However, regardless of what treatment route is recommended to you, changes in footwear are essential, as the neuroma can come back if the compression persists. 

Get help for your Morton’s neuroma 

Feeling like you’re walking on pebbles all the time is not something to ignore. Morton’s neuroma can get pretty painful and uncomfortable, and when left untreated, it can get worse, leaving you with no option but to treat the problematic nerve surgically by removing the nerve. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our experts can give your feet a thorough examination and provide you with treatments that eliminate your symptoms.