Research: Shockwave treatment of Morten's Neuroma - A painful foot syndrome
The plantar nerves.
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What is Morton's Neuroma?
Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition that effects the forefoot and is caused by inflammation of the sheath that surrounds the nerves of the foot.
65% of the time Morton’s Neuroma occurs between the 3rd and 4th toes, but may be present elsewhere in the foot.
Women in their 40s are 15 times more likely to suffer from this debilitating and painful foot condition.
Symptoms of Morton's Neuroma
Usually no obvious area of swelling is noted but symptoms may include;
A feeling that you are standing on or that you have a stone/lump in your shoe
A painful burning sensation in the ball of your foot that may radiate down into your toes
A tingling feeling or a numbness in your forefoot or toes
Can it be treated?
In a recent study it has been shown that Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a effective, non-surgical (non-invasive) treatment option for Morton’s Neuroma.
Patients receiving ESWT exhibited significantly improved scores 1 and 4 weeks after treatment relative to baseline, with continued improvement through all 4 weeks relative to baseline.
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Seok H, Kim SH, Lee SY, Park SW. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Patients with Morton's Neuroma A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2016 Mar;106(2):93-9. doi: 10.7547/14-131. PMID: 27031544.