We all spent a lot of time getting dressed up for the recent holiday festivities. For many of us women, that included putting on our designer shoes to showcase our style.
Even just a few hours of wearing those pointy-toed, high-heeled shoes can lead to a pinched nerve, or neuroma, in the front of your foot. It may start with an “ouch” kind of discomfort similar to a pinch.
But then it doesn’t go away. The next day you have even more pain. You may feel the pain shooting out:
● The ends of your toes
● Between your toes
● Backwards into your foot
The most important way to avoid a pinched nerve is to wear shoes that are the correct length and width. You also need to be sure the structure of your shoe matches the shape of your foot.
In order to keep those high-heeled shoes on our feet, many women buy them in smaller sizes to help hold the foot in place. In fact, a recent orthopedic study found 9 out of 10 women wear their shoes a full size too small. However, this compromises the function and fit of the shoe.
If the foot pain persists, visit your local shoe store. The professionals there will:
● Measure your foot to find your correct shoe size
● Check the fit of your shoes
● Make suggestions for foot comfort
A possible solution may be to put a small egg-shaped pad or gel in the front of your shoes. This lifts and separates the bones that may be pinching the nerve. It is important your shoe is the correct size and has enough room for this pad to be added.
If the foot pain is not better in a few weeks, consult your physician. A pinched nerve can grow in size if not dealt with. Some pinched nerves even require surgery.
Therafit sandals are perfect for giving that extra “wiggle room” needed during the healing process. Therafit athletic and casual shoes have been designed with rounded toe boxes. A rounded toe box gives more room for the entire front of your foot to breathe. Also, the new Therafit orthotic insole has a design especially developed to improve faulty biomechanics with the goal of preventing foot conditions such as neuroma from occurring.
If you start feeling the shooting pain in the front of your foot that signals a neuroma, it’s time for a different shoe. Just wearing properly-fitting shoes does a lot to reduce pain in your feet. If changing your shoes doesn’t help, it’s time to consult a professional.