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Why does it feel like there’s a pebble in my shoe?
Feeling like you’re walking on a pebble when there isn’t one can be a symptom of a number of different foot issues, but Morton’s neuroma is one of the most common conditions. This is a thickened nerve in between two metatarsal heads, usually the third and fourth toes. The swollen tissue typically creates several other symptoms, as well. Pain, particularly when you put pressure on the foot, is common. You may notice tingling or numbness, often reaching into the toes. However, there won’t visible changes or trauma from the outside of the foot.
The good news is that Morton’s neuroma can be treated, particularly if you don’t wait to manage the problem. Some simple conservative treatments can go a long way in relieving the nerve pain and shrinking the thickened area. Let Dr. Sanjay Patel and Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Connecticut help you with your foot pain. Make an appointment with us through the website or by calling: (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location, or (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office.
Can I Prevent Neuropathy if I Have Diabetes?
It is possible to prevent neuropathy in your feet and ankles, even if you already have diabetes. The key is to begin working against the nerve damage immediately. The largest part of this will be monitoring your blood sugar levels. Since elevated and fluctuating blood sugars damage your nerves, keeping this under control will decrease your likelihood of developing neuropathy.
Taking care of your feet and checking them for damage is also important. Wash and dry your lower limbs every day. Make sure you keep your toenails trimmed and inspect your whole foot for abnormal changes. Always wear clean, moisture-wicking socks and supportive, cushioned shoes. These habits help protect your lower limbs from damage as well as catch problems before they have a chance to progress—all very important when you’re trying to prevent neuropathy. Let Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help you fight nerve issues. Make an appointment with either of our two Connecticut offices by using the website, or by calling (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.