Winter is a great time to be in Palm Desert, with beautiful weather and lots of great outdoor activities. Through May, the first weekend of every month will feature a mini-festival of art and culture, including concerts, theatre, guided tours, the world-famous El Paseo Art Walk, and more. That said, if your feet are in pain from a condition like Morton’s neuroma—a thickening of a nerve in your forefoot causing toe pain and a sensation similar to walking on a bunched-up sock—you may find it hard to enjoy all that the area has to offer.
To help you out, here are some of our easy tips for keeping Morton’s neuroma pain at bay this winter:
Treat your feet! Coachella Valley is, after all, one of the world’s premier resort areas, so why not extend a little R&R to your lower limbs as well? Put your feet up and rest a bit, avoiding high-impact activities for a few weeks. Use an ice pack to deal with swelling or, better yet, freeze a cup or bottle of water and use it to massage painful spots. In order to maintain physical activity while you’re recuperating, stick to low-impact cardio such as cycling or swimming, or going for a walk.
Check your footwear, too. Are you constantly stuffing your feet into pointy, tight shoes that squeeze your toes? Spending too much time in high heels that thrust all your body weight onto the front of your feet? Bad footwear that doesn’t provide the space or support you need can have painful consequences. Get a comfortable pair with a low and stiff heel, lots of cushioning and support for your arch, and plenty of wiggle room in the toe box.
In some cases, over-the-counter insoles may reduce discomfort and touchy toe pain. Although these inserts typically do not provide the same benefit as a custom-made orthotic device, milder cases of toe pain and people with certain foot types may find the OTC solution works well. Test it out and see if your pain improves.
Struggling with Morton’s neuroma? Don’t wait—if left untreated, it tends to get worse, not better. Visit Dr. Harvey Danciger, DPM, in Palm Desert, CA and see if other treatment methods—including orthotics, laser therapy, injections, or surgery—are right for you. Give us a call at (760) 568-0108 or contact us online today.
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