Running is like any strenuous physical activity and can lead to overuse injuries.
But research shows that female runners often experience intense foot pain that is caused by wearing fashionable shoes with narrow, pointed-toes when not running.
This can set women up for a neuroma, a nerve disorder of the feet. To learn more, keep reading!
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Women are likely to experience neuromas if they regularly wear narrow shoes and have flat feet. A neuroma is when a nerve between the toes becomes inflamed and produces a tingling, burning pain.
Neuroma symptoms begin gradual and progressively get worse. People often say that the pain feels as if something is stuck inside the ball of the foot.
The most common kind of neuroma is called Morton’s neuroma, which happens at the base of the third and fourth toes.
Using ice reduces swelling, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or prescription medication can decrease pain and inflammation. Custom orthotic devices can also provide support.
Women are advised to wear wider shoes with low heels and take a break from running or other foot activities until their condition improves. Sometimes in severe cases, surgery may be needed to release pressure from or remove the nerve.
The key to success is early treatment, which can include changing the running surface, switching shoes, adding supportive inserts, or using prescription orthotics.
Whatever the treatment, a neuroma diagnosis means resting and taking a break from jogging. Depending on the nerve’s response to treatment and the time it takes for healing, a neuroma can delay running for long stretches.
The good news is there have been many advances improving foot and ankle surgery. Many new techniques have been developed from in-office procedures to minimally invasive techniques that allow people to return to running in the shortest amount of time.
For women who have found running gives them the best health benefits, it is worth it to adjust the type of shoes worn when not running. While their foot fashions may need adjusting, most women would agree that a return to regular-and pain free-running is worth the fashion change.
If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor about your foot and/or ankle needs.