Morton… what?

  • Do you have pain in the middle of your foot as you walk for a prolonged amount of time?
  • Does your foot feel stiff and heavy?
  • Does the foot look more red on top when it hurts?

If YES is the answer to two or more of these questions, you might suffer from Morton’s Neuroma.

 

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ortons neuroma is the entrapment of one of the inter-metatarsal nerves, most commonly the one between the 3rd and 4th toe. The nerve has limited freedom to move, and for that reason, is susceptible to compression, pressure and tension. This creates scar tissue, thickening and then swelling around the nerve.

 

In this case, the word neuroma doesn’t indicate the presence of a benign tumor, but only the formation of the fibrous tissue around the nerve. This condition is eight to ten times more common in women than in men.

 

Factors that increase the risk of Morton’s neuroma:

  • Tightness in the calves: The muscles that form the posterior leg are the Soleus, the gastrocnemius and other deeper muscles underneath them. If the deeper layer of the posterior leg muscle (flexor digitorum longus, tibialis posterior, flexor Hallucis longus) is tight, you are more likely to have issues like Morton’s Neuroma.
  • Flat feet—they increase the tension and create a shearing force in the area
  • Tight shoes
  • High heels
  • Direct trauma caused by activities that transmit repetitive forces to the ball of the foot

 

3 EXERCISES THAT HELP MORTON’S NEUROMA:

 

The goal is to try to eliminate the pressure and tension around the nerve, so that can lessen the pain and the inflammation.

  • Deep stretching of the calf muscles.
  • Release of the fascia at the bottom of the foot with the foot roller.
  • The exercises with Rescue LOOP: spreading the toes will increase the space and the mobility on the metatarsal bones that are next in line with the toes.

 

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