Q What shoes should I get if I have a neuroma?
A neuroma is an enlarged growth of nerves. Tight-fitting shoes can cause tissues to rub against and irritate nerves in your feet. A neuroma commonly occurs between your third and fourth toes and results in pain, burning and numbness in the ball of the foot.
Injections, custom orthotics and shoe modifications are the most common forms of treatment for a neuroma in the foot. Choosing the right footwear can make a significance impact on the reduction of symptoms and future occurrence of a neuroma.
When it comes to footwear, start with measuring your feet. Feet change and grow over the years and one foot may be wider than the other. You want shoes to fit the wider foot. Shoes that are too narrow will only aggravate the symptoms of a neuroma. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes. The pressure these types of shoes put on feet may not only cause a neuroma but also bring on the painful symptoms if you already have one.
Look for shoes that are well cushioned and have laces. Laces allow the shoe to be adjustable to accommodate your foot type and width. If you are having a hard time finding shoes that alleviate the symptoms of a neuroma, contact Dr. Danciger for help. He can evaluate your feet and the severity of your condition to advise on appropriate footwear that will help.