In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses foot neuromas. A neuroma is an enlargement of a portion of a nerve and is caused by nerve irritation. Foot neuromas most commonly occur between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones. Dr. Ray states that foot neuromas are a relatively easy problem to treat if there is an understanding of what causes irritation of the involved nerve. Three design features built into conventional footwear play a major role in irritating foot nerves, including heel elevation, toe spring, and tapering toe boxes. Choosing footwear without these design elements is crucial in treating or preventing neuromas. Other natural approaches to neuroma care involve the use of Correct Toes (to reduce squeezing pressure on the nerve) and metatarsal pads (to help restore the forefoot fat pad to a position that protects ball of foot structures, including the nerves). Conventional podiatric care for neuromas may involve any of the following: Cortisone injections, alcohol injections, anti-inflammatory medication, and custom orthotics. If these approaches fail, surgery is often performed to remove the irritated portion of the nerve.
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Dr. Marty Hughes is a chiropractic physician, or DC. He received his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC), now known as the University of Western States (UWS). Dr. Marty has always been interested in foot health, due to the connection between the feet and the spine. He has worked as a freelance writer for LiveStrong.com, for whom he contributed over 2,200 health-and-fitness articles. He is a co-founder of Natural Footgear and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.