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When it comes to the natural cure for Morton’s Neuroma, I will be careful not to make lofty claims because I am not a Doctor. The aim of this website is to only offer helpful tips from the author’s own experience with Morton’s Neuroma.
So, please understand that the word “Cure” will be used loosely to refer to the state of living comfortably with Morton’s Neuroma as I do. That means I have taken steps to minimize my MN pain without any medical intervention whatsoever.
If you really want to get rid of your neuroma pain but unwilling to undergo invasive medical treatments, I am with you. A lot of people are not comfortable with invasive treatments for Morton’s Neuroma. Examples of invasive treatments include surgeries to remove the inflamed nerve (neuroma). The only problem with Morton’s Neuroma Surgery is that it can have unpleasant side effects such as:
Long healing process
Despite all these, remember there are other less-invasive Morton’s Neuroma treatments like various Ultrasound Guided Injections.
Well if you hate all those and you just prefer to go the natural way, I do understand. So let’s get on with how you can treat Morton’s neuroma naturally. As I already said, these methods aren’t necessarily “The Cure” that will make your neuroma go away for good. Rather, relief for Morton’s Neuroma pain.
Therefore, if you follow these steps and if your neuroma is not severe, you may be able to get rid of the neuroma pain for a long time until you change something (start wearing squeezing shoes again…) and then your pain will be back! But if you stay committed to taking care of your feet, the pain will most likely stay away for good.
Here is a list of steps you can follow as a way of treating your Morton’s Neuroma naturally.
Wearing the right shoe type is probably the best and most important thing you need to do. You will get immediate relief. Believe me, changing from hard shoes to soft, comfortable ones makes a huge difference by itself.
Avoid prolonged activities that put weight or pressure on your feet. These include weight-bearing exercises, standing for a long time, too much walking on non-cushioned shoes.
You cannot completely avoid performing your daily activities. Just, please, ensure that you do everything in moderation. Always take time to put your feet up, literally. Foot elevation will relax your feet after a long day.
3. Use Orthotics – Arch Support Orthotics, Toe Separators
Arch support orthotics are special foot cushions that are placed inside shoes to help to support the arch and relief pressure from the ball of the foot. They can either be in the form of full-length or half-foot inserts. There are also small removable and non-removable inserts called Metatarsal Pads.
Because there are different types of Orthotics for Morton’s neuroma relief, you can consult with your foot doctor to decide which ones will work best for you.
Toe separators work progressively to align, restore and strengthen your toes over time. They work in the same manner as tooth braces. Meaning that you will have to be consistent in wearing them on a daily basis.
Please note that before you get used to wearing your toe separators, they will feel a little uncomfortable or painful, almost unbearable to wear sometimes.
That is why a lot of people decide to abandon their toe separators after a short time, never to wear them again! The truth is that your feet will eventually get used, and the discomfort will go away.
4. Take Over The Counter Pain Medications
Any anti-inflammatory pain medication will work. I suggest that you only take painkiller medicine when it is absolutely necessary and for a limited period of time, not continuously because that can really be dangerous. Remember to always consult with your doctor in case you have any doubts or questions.
Here I refer to self-massage. It works all the time. Whenever you feel pain, gently massage the affected area with your fingertips. For example, I have a neuroma on my left foot between the 3rd and 4th metatarsals. This is where I usually massage. You don’t need to do anything elaborate. This simple technique, though only temporary, works wonders. The pain simply goes instantly.
Still, about massage, when I have a flare-up, I also wear my Adidas Massage Slippers and walk around the house for 10 minutes. For me, the key is not to wear them for a long time and also to stand and move about. They massage my neuroma and give me some needed relief. Plus, I also get a good night’s sleep after wearing my massage slippers.
6. Icing The Affected Area
This is another temporary relief to Morton’s neuroma pain. When you feel the pain, simply place an ice pack on the affected area for a few minutes. The throbbing pain will surely come down.
7. Hot Water Foot Bath And Menthol Rubs
This one is my absolute favorite. After a long day on my feet, I often dip them in a hot water bath and just relax for 10 minutes or more. And then I rub my feet with a menthol pain ointment. The cooling effect is so relaxing. In fact, there are pain ointments that have menthol. That means you get the cool, relaxing feel as well as pain relief.
8. Stretch And Exercise
To stretch your calf muscles: gently stand on tiptoes for a few seconds and keep repeating. You may need to have some form of support, like the wall. If you feel comfortable, walk on tiptoes across the room. Make sure you walk on a soft padded surface like a rug, yoga mat, etc. Avoid the hard surfaces.
To stretch your plantar fascia muscles: on a seated position, take the ball of your foot and pull gently towards your shin. Release and repeat a few times.
9. Body Weight Management
When you are overweight, you are more likely to get frequent pain from your neuroma because the weight exerts more pressure on your feet. Some people I interacted with, say that shedding some extra pounds really helped them. As you try to maintain healthy body weight through exercise, take great care and don’t do routines that may further hurt your feet.
Thanks for reading!
I hope you liked this post. Please feel free to share more natural ways we can treat Morton’s Neuroma that I may have excluded. I will highly appreciate it.
I Write About Morton's Neuroma Because I Have Been Living With This Condition Since 2008. Like Many Women, I Used To Love High Heels For Work And My Mistake Was To Choose And Walk In Narrow Fitting Shoes, Yet I Have Wide Feet. Anyway... I am Here To Share My Experiences From An Experienced Laywoman's Point Of View. Put Away Your Painful Shoes And Walk With Me!