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Old 05-18-08, 07:51 AM  
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I think I have Morton's Neuroma. Which shoes and inserts

I have been having a shooting pain when I roll up onto the ball of my left foot. My last two toe's are numb as well. After searching I am wondering if it is Morton Neuroma. Does anyone have this? I am wondering what would be a good athletic shoe and what inserts work best. Is there anything thing else you do for this? TIA

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Old 05-18-08, 08:52 AM  
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A link

Someone posted this link a few days ago in another thread - you should check it out!

http://www.triggerpointbook.com/mortons.htm

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Old 05-18-08, 08:57 AM  
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A good anatomically oriented yoga teacher could help you with this. Likely an Iyengar teacher.

Its something to take seriously. You might want to consult a specialist.
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Old 05-18-08, 09:13 AM  
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Chris - I'm so sorry to hear you might have Morton's Neuroma! I've had it in both feet and eventually had surgery on both feet (at different times). The first time I had surgery after hurting for about a year. The second time, I waited more like 2 or 3 years but finally decided to do the surgery. It was kind of a disaster but both my feet are good now. The second time, before surgery, I got the shots and they actually worked for about a year. When it started hurting again, I tried the shots again but they only lasted for about a month.

Definitely go see a podiatrist. I hope you don't have Morton's Neuroma, but, if you do, you need to have it treated.

I've never heard of yoga to help Morton's Neuroma but I like Jane's suggestion to check that out. Yoga is so wonderful for so many things.

Metatarsal support is very important. I have orthotics that have extra metatarsal support and I always add metatarsal support in shoes that I don't wear the orthotics with (even now).

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Metatarsal support is very important. I have orthotics that have extra metatarsal support and I always add metatarsal support in shoes that I don't wear the orthotics with (even now).

Let me know if you have any questions.
I'm not Chris, but I have a question fro you, Karen. How do you add metatarsal support to shoes in which you can't or don't wear the orthotics? Is the metatarsal support an OTC product you buy? I've been experimenting with this, as I seem to have a longer second metatarsal in my left foot, but not a neuroma from it. The moleskin suggestion on that link above seems to be working, but I'm curious about your supports, too.

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Old 05-18-08, 09:46 AM  
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I'm not Chris, but I have a question fro you, Karen. How do you add metatarsal support to shoes in which you can't or don't wear the orthotics? Is the metatarsal support an OTC product you buy? I've been experimenting with this, as I seem to have a longer second metatarsal in my left foot, but not a neuroma from it. The moleskin suggestion on that link above seems to be working, but I'm curious about your supports, too.

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Hi Amy - yes, I just add a metatarsal support that's OTC - you just stick them onto the existing liner in the shoe. I've tried several and they all seem to work fine. The point is the have support under the ball of your foot and they all do that. I have found, though, that some of them stick in the shoes better than others. I've tried Dr. Scholl's as well as others that I can't think of at the moment.

I'm glad you don't have a neuroma!
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Old 05-18-08, 09:56 AM  
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I have one in my right foot and yoga toes, from yogapro.com have really helped me a lot. Also icing with frozen water bottles. I've had several different types of injections over the years, but I refused surgery. My mom had the surgery on both feet and still has problems.

The conservative approach has worked better for me. Shoes with good arch support and lots of cushioning are the best for me. I wear custom orthotics in some of my shoes and Superfeet greens in some others. The yoga toes are the thing that has helped the most.
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Old 05-18-08, 10:18 AM  
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I have Morton's Neuroma in my left foot. The pain was excruciating at times, to non-existent at other times. Barefoot walking hurt a LOT, especially going down stairs. I finally went to a docotor (after years) when my foot above my numb last two toes became bruised from the neuroma! I went to a podiatrist and got inserts that cost a fortune but that unfortunately did not help.

I have yogatoes, and they do seem to help somewhat, though I'm anything but consistent with their use.

What has helped me most is switching to Keen shoes. These are the first shoes I've ever owned in which my feet have felt comfortable. I have a job that allows me to dress very casually, so these work perfectly for me. I cannot say enough about how much these shoes have helped my feet.

For workout shoes I wear Ryka currently, but haven't really searched around much. Since switching to Keens I have no pain (with very rare flare ups), so the hour or so per day I spend in non-Keens doesn't seem to bother the neuroma.

I do also have Superfeet inserts for my non-Keen sneaks that seem to help somewhat as well.

Dansko shoes are supposed to be extremely comfortable as well.

http://www.keenfootwear.com/
http://www.superfeet.com/
http://www.dansko.com/html/default.aspx

Good luck! (And if you go the "I need new shoes" route, have fun shopping )
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Old 05-18-08, 10:43 AM  
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Thanks guys for all the replies so far. I might be jumping to conclusions and just might have a pulled tendon or something but after fighting with hip bursitis for over 6 months last year I was wanting to get on top of this before it became a bad problem. I wear NB 854's and I love them but they are heavy for step and kickboxing so I bought a running shoe and it seems like in no time the support was gone so I do need to buy some new 854's for my walking and everyday(I get to wear jeans and tennies at work)but I need to find some aerobic shoes that have support in the ball and I am going to look into the inserts. A podiatrist is a day off of work and 4 hour drive each time so I will go that route if needed but if I can prevent it from becoming too much of a problem I would like to try other alternatives first. Thanks again.

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Old 05-18-08, 11:06 AM  
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Thanks for the tip on the Keen's, Wendy. I've been eyeing them, but your post may have pushed me over the edge on buying them.
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