Morton’s neuroma treatment through home remedies

Natural cures for Morton's neuroma

It is a painful condition which is affecting the ball of the foot and this is most commonly the area between 3rd and 4th toes [1]. When you have Morton’s neuroma, then you feel that you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. It is involving thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves which is leading to your toes. It can cause sharp and burning pain in the ball of the foot. [2] Also your toes can burn, sting or they can feel numb. Women are having increased chances of getting Morton’s neuroma because they want to wear high – heeled shoes. This condition happens in response to pressure, irritation or injury to one of the nerves which are leading to your toes [3].  Those people who are participating in high – impact athletic activities such as running and jogging are having repetitive trauma to their feet which leads to increased risk of Morton’s neuroma. Also those sports which feature tight shoes such as rock climbing or snow skiing can put pressure on your toes. Also those people who have high arches, bunions, hammertoes or flatfeet are having increased chances of getting Morton’s neuroma. Talk with your doctor if you suffer from Morton’s neuroma before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies.

Morton’s neuroma home remedy

Different footwear: It is known that tight shoes and high heels are increasing the risk of Morton’s neuroma [4]. This is a reason why people should avoid wearing these types of shoes to prevent flare – ups. It is known that these shoes can cause problems because they compress or they add excessive pressure on the nerve between the 3rd and 4th toes. When you are avoiding these types of shoes, then it can improve your symptoms and it will prevent further complications. People should choose shoes with a broad toe box which has extra depth. [3]

Ice massage: People who suffer from Morton’s neuroma can use ice as a home remedy which will give them a relief from the pain associated with this condition. The patient who suffers from Morton’s neuroma should use ice massage to get a relief from the pain. You should put cold water in paper cub and then freeze multiple cups of water overnight. What you should do the next day is to tear off the upper portions of the cup and massage the bottom of your foot along with the painful area with the exposed ice. The ice massage is very effective because it can numb the effected nerves and this is resulting in improved symptoms.

Serrapeptase: It is a natural supplement which is used in the treatment of many different conditions. This compound aids in the breaking down protein and it can decrease the inflammation. We know that the Morton’s neuroma is involving inflammation of the nerve tunnel and the serrapeptase is very effective for the treatment of metatarsal pain. [5]

Padding: When you are using the technique of padding, then this will give a support to the metatarsal arch and it can reduce the pressure on the nerve and the compression while you are walking.

Elevate the feet: When you are resting, then you should elevate your feet.

Natural cures for Morton's neuroma

Morton’s neuroma natural cures

Toe exercises: This type of exercise can help to build strength in the muscles which may be affected by the Morton’s neuroma. Toe exercises are including picking a pencil up off the floor using only your bare toes or you can walk across the room on the tips of your toes. When you are strengthening the muscles which run across the bottom of the feet, then the risk of developing Morton’s neuroma again is minimized.

Take a break: In a period of few weeks, you should reduce activities such as dancing, aerobic exercises or jogging which subject your feet to high impact. These activities put pressure on neuroma and this is a reason why you need to avoid them.

Balance exercises: When you are improving your balance, then this will increase your ability to perform activities with proper motion or bio – mechanics. This will decrease the stress placed on the neuroma which is causing pain. To make the single foot balance exercise, you should stand on one foot and balance as long as you are able. You should be sure that you will have a counter or wall near to help stabilize you if it is necessary. You can increase the difficulty by closing your eyes or by moving your opposite foot. As you have noticed that your balance is improved, then you can do both at the same time. There is another balance exercise known as toe raise exercise which has a variation that you can try. You should stand with your feet shoulder width apart and then raise up onto your toes. To increase the difficulty with this exercise, you can do this exercise with closed eyes.

Strengthening: There are some strengthening exercises which can help you in the treatment of Morton’s neuroma. When you are making the figure eight exercise, then it does not require additional equipment. To make this exercise, lead with your big toe and complete a figure – eight pattern with the foot. You should move the foot through the largest range of motion which you are capable of. Also if you decide to make the alphabet exercise, then you do not need equipment and this exercise can be performed anywhere. You should lead with your big toe and write the alphabet in the air using your foot. If you have decided to make the towel scrunch, then you should know this strengthening exercise has different options which you can try. You should place a towel flat on the floor. You should put your foot on the end closest to you. You should use your toes to pull the towel toward you. To make this exercise more difficult, you should put a weight on the end of the towel farthest from you.

Ankle exercises: It is known that Morton’s neuroma can lead to pain and weakness to more than just your foot. Also you should know that when the muscles of your foot have become weakened due to the Morton’s neuroma, then the muscles which support your ankles are also becoming weak. This is a reason why you should strengthen the muscles which support your ankles as part of the natural treatment for Morton’s neuroma. These exercises are including writing the alphabet in the air with your toes or walking across a room using only your heels. When you are strengthening the muscles of your ankle and foot complex, then this you will begin to return to normal activity.

Foot support: You should wear appropriate footwear as well as using orthotic supports because this is very effective natural treatment for Morton’s neuroma. You should avoid shoes that are high heeled and those shoes which compress or confine your toes because in this way you will prevent issues. Also those supports which properly align the feet within a shoe and during activity add to the treatment.

Stretches: When you are stretching the connective tissue in the foot, then this will decrease the stress which is placed on your neuroma. All of these exercises should be held for at least ten seconds because in this way you will get most of the benefits. You can make the manual plantar fascia stretch and you need to grasp your heel in one hand. You should place your other hand under the ball of your foot and toes. You should gently pull your forefoot and toes back toward your shin, creating a pull along the bottom of your foot. When you are making the wall stretch exercise, then it can help to loosen the connective tissue. You should face a wall with your feet about shoulder width apart. You should put your hands on the wall at shoulder height and you should step back with your right foot placing it about 2 – 3 foot lengths behind the left. You should keep your heels on the floor, bend your knees and then lean into the wall. When you are making the bottle roll exercise, then it can stretch the foot and reduce the inflammation. You should use a plastic bottle full of ice or a glass bottle to roll the bottle back and forth along the bottom of your foot. The glass bottle is rigid which provides good resistance while the bottle full of ice provides the additional benefit of decreasing the inflammation through the cold application. When you are making the towel stretch exercise, then you should sit on the floor with your legs straight in the front of you. You should place the ball of your foot in the middle of a towel. You should grasp both ends of the towel and then pull your forefoot back toward your shin.


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