Morton’s Neuroma Insoles
Morton’s Neuroma is a condition that affects the forefoot, leading to ball of foot pain, numbness and tingling in your toes. One of the best forms of treatment is Morton’s Neuroma Insoles. At Flawless Physio, we offer custom insoles for Morton’s Neuroma, but in some instances, regular off-the-shelf Morton’s Neuroma Insoles can alleviate your pain.
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We have extensive experience treating Morton’s Neuroma and have purchased and tested over 15 pairs of off-the-shelf insoles to provide you with the best recommendations below. If you would like to learn more about our assessments for custom insoles for Morton’s Neuroma, please get in touch with us.
Custom Morton’s Neuroma Insoles
These are full-length Mortons Neuroma insoles.
We recommend full-length Vasole insoles due to their medial arch support and good cushioning. The Mortons Neuroma metatarsal pad is of good height and well-placed for pain relief.
These insoles will work best when placed inside a trainer or boot, and they are a perfect option as an all-rounder in active footwear.
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Foot Active Morton’s Neuroma Insoles
The Foot Active Mortons’ Neuroma insoles have a deep heel cup that helps to stabilise the ankle. It has a low arch support, but it’s got a very large metatarsal dome, and if we compare it to the Vasole insoles, it is approximately a third of the size.
It’s nice and soft and cushioned, which means that it’s unlikely to irritate the metatarsals as it elevates them, and it should be sufficient to give pain relief to even large Morton’s Neuromas.
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What Is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a common pathology that affects the forefoot. Any repetitive irritation or pressure can lead to a thickness of the digital nerve. This nerve is found in the 3rd or 2nd intermetatarsal space.
According to research, the condition is more often seen in women than men. 17% of those affected describe having some form of trauma to the foot that causes symptoms.
The symptoms of Morton’s neuroma are burning pain or a tingling sensation. Morton’s neuroma is often described as a feeling like a “pebble in the shoe.” Since high heels, tight shoes, and walking often worsen the problem, it’s a good idea to rest and remove your shoes. Other causes can be a very high arch or flat feet.
However, treatment may be necessary for people with chronic Morton’s neuroma and constant pain at rest alongside night pain, as seen in roughly 25% of patients. Clinically, there isn’t a visual indication of Morton’s neuroma. So, it’s best to talk to a specialist before trying treatment.
Related Article: 10 Signs that you may have a Morton’s Neuroma
What Are the Treatment Options for Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma treatment will vary based on the severity of your symptoms. A conservative approach in the first instance is recommended before relying on invasive treatments. You might want to try home remedies to let the nerve heal and relieve some pain. Avoid high-impact activities, try ice massage, a change in footwear, or anti-inflammatory medicine.
Ice massage with an ice pack is a go-to choice due to its pain-reducing properties. Changing footwear to shoes with a wide toe box may relieve some pain on your metatarsal heads. Another solution is to purchase Metatarsal Pads to place on the insert of your shoe.
Over-the-counter meds like ibuprofen can ease swelling and pain. But, when none of these home remedies proves useful, that’s where treatment can help. These treatment options include orthotics, steroid injections, or surgery.
Morton’s Neuroma Shoe Insoles
Morton’s neuroma insoles can be a practical tool for curbing the symptoms. They alter your foot mechanics, which can relieve pressure and pain from the feet. The main difference between off-the-shelf insoles and custom Morton’s neuroma insoles is they are designed to fit your feet to a tee. Orthotics can be worn with various shoe sizes and ease certain foot disorders.
Based on 2021 reports of 45 neuromas in 36 patients, Corticosteroid injections stayed effective for more than a third of cases – for up to 5 years. Although the satisfaction scale can vary, injections can be a practical treatment opportunity.
Two types of surgeries for Morton’s neuroma exist. They are decompression surgery or nerve removal surgery. With decompression, surgeons remove the nerve pressure by cutting nearby structures. But, when there is growth, and other treatments fail to offer relief, the nerve can be removed.
How Do Morton’s Neuroma Insoles Help?
The entire foot needs comfort to correct or ease some foot problems. Supporting the foot’s arch with standard orthopaedic insoles can be efficient for protecting the feet during treatment. Insoles for foot pain may provide additional cushioning on the heel and arch support to alter your biomechanics.
Morton’s Neuroma insoles are designed to absorb some of the force when wearing shoes like high heels. The sooner you start treating the symptoms, the easier it is to curb the pain. But, if you leave Morton’s neuroma unmanaged, it could worsen with time and develop into chronic pain.
● How effective are insoles for Morton’s Neuroma?
One controlled, randomized clinical trial evaluated the effectiveness of customized insoles in people with Morton’s neuroma. The trial indicated customized insoles with metatarsal and arch support improved function and relieved walking pain. Those affected noticed a statistically significant difference in daily function and pain reduction.
● Is walking barefoot good for Morton’s neuroma?
Walking barefoot with Morton’s neuroma isn’t advised as it places extra pressure on your metatarsal bones. However, If wearing shoes causes discomfort or pain, it can be a good idea to rest your feet and walk barefoot. Cushioned indoor trainers are shock-absorbing and can provide pain relief.
● Are metatarsal pads good for Morton’s neuroma insole?
Metatarsal pads can be highly beneficial, especially when added to an orthotic insole. They are meant to spread the metatarsals that run across the ball of the feet. They increase the space between the metatarsals to ease any compression on Morton’s neuroma.
● Will Morton’s neuroma heal by itself?
Once the condition has manifested, the neuroma is unlikely to improve by itself. But, the pain can be improved with the correct assessment, advice and management. The sooner you get treatment, the better your odds of resolving the pain. A neuroma could be completely removed through surgery, but there is a 20% to 30% chance it can re-grow.
Most of us have pain in our feet at some point. But, when that pain becomes debilitating and profoundly impacts your day-to-day life, it might mean you are suffering from Morton’s neuroma.
Various treatment options are at your disposal. Morton’s neuroma insoles are one of them. They can ease the pressure and relieve some of the discomfort. We advise that you seek medical advice from a professional to get the correct diagnosis before trying an insole.