What do all these famous people have in common?
- Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler
- Retired Tennis star Lindsay Davenport
- Smooth moving Adelaide Crow Andrew McLeod
- Current Tennis ace Milos Raonic
- American soap opera Actor Patrick Duffy
Answer: They all have had a Morton’s Neuroma!
In this article, we’ll explain to you what a Morton’s Neuroma is and how to avoid getting one.
What are Mortons Neuromas?
A Morton’s Neuroma is a technical term used to describe a pinched nerve in your foot.
Typically morton’s neuroma is a result of the thickening or irritation of the common plantar nerve between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals, and can result in severe pain.
Why do people get Morton’s Neuromas?
Steven Tyler probably got it from rocking out, gig after gig, year after year in a high energy show in tight footwear and on a hard stage.
Tennis stars Davenport and Raonic are on the balls of their feet a lot, shifting from side to side and landing heavily on their forefoot.
Andrew McLeod’s smooth moving biomechanics obviously came at a cost, with his forefoot strike in tight fitting football boots catching up with him.
Patrick Duffy first noticed it in Man from Atlantis, where he was running around barefoot through fields, on cement and jumping in and out of the water.
The issue can affect anyone of any gender and age, but is most common among middle-aged women and people who participate in high-impact sports.
Sometimes our footwear act as little ‘foot coffins’ and are commonly the culprit of many Morton’s Neuroma outbreaks.
Ski boots and Cycling cleats often cause Morton’s Neuromas and require modification and adjustment.
Most commonly people get it from their activity type, the footwear they’re wearing and the shape and movement of their feet.
3 Ways To Avoid Morton’s Neuroma
- Wear correctly fitted shoes. Limit the wearing of tight, pointed-toe or high-heeled shoes. These types of footwear will place additional pressure on your foot structure and increase the risk of developing a Morton’s Neuroma.
- Limit high impact sports. Participated in high-impact sporting activities such as netball, tennis, football, soccer and running can increase the amount of pressure placed on your forefoot.
- Get treatment on other structural foot issues. Abnormalities of the foot structures like flat feet, high arches, bunions or hammertoe can increase the risk of Morton’s Neuroma. Ensure that you see your Podiatrist to manage the risks of these conditions.