A neuroma is a painful condition of the foot, also termed a "pinched nerve". This condition is characterized by pain, tingling and numbness in between the toes and on the ball of the foot. A neuroma is often more irritated while walking or performing activities, but can be relieved by stopping their activities, removing the shoe and rubbing the affected area. In recent news, Dirty Dancing star, Jennifer Grey, was diagnosed with a neuroma while performing on "Dancing with the Stars". It was stated that the actress was "having some challenges because of the pinched nerve in her foot".
So how do you get a neuroma? A number of factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma including: trauma, improper foot wear that squeezes the toes together (i.e. high heeled shoes higher than two inches), biomechanical deformities (i.e. high-arched/low-arched feet), and repeated stress.
What can you do for relief?
1. Wear shoes with plenty of room for the toes to move.
2. Wear shoes with thick shock absorbent soles.
3. Avoid high heels as much as possible.
4. Rest your feet and massage them as needed.