There are occasions we will feel an abrupt shooting pain in one of our feet. This shooting pain is frequently seen between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads.These symptoms generally are a neuroma or as it is also called, Morton’s Neuroma. This is a common foot condition seen by Podiatrists. If you have a neuroma there will be inflammation and sharp pain in the area. The symptoms that you're going to experience if you have a neuroma commonly can be sharp pain, burning, numbness, tingling, cramping in the front part of the foot and frequently there will be a lack of sensation in that area of the foot.
The reason for the neuroma is usually because the metatarsals of the 3rd and 4th toes are pinching a nerve which is centrally located between the two. You may get the shooting pain of the neuroma following there has been substantial stress on the front of the foot. Those activities that cause this type of stress are walking, standing, leaping or even running. These are high-impact exercises that have been able to put a large amount of pressure and stress on the feet. Another way in which you may get this problem is by wearing footwear with sharp toes and higher heels. The high heels puts pressure on the foot as the weight of the body is sustained by the front area of your feet. As there is no other balance for the feet you are forced to depend upon the ball of the foot to balance the body while you are walking, running or any other activity.
Neuromas certainly are a manageable foot ailment that may also be prevented from happening in the first place. The initial step to managing the neuroma would be to select and wear the right footwear. The shoes you should choose will need to have a wide area for the ball of the foot and the top of the shoes should not press down onto your feet. You should then think about wearing a foot orthotic that has been built with a metatarsal support. The support will be positioned behind the ball of the foot. With the metatarsal support put in this location the strain on the foot is relieved as the weight on the feet are distributed evenly through the foot. In the event that these self help measures do not work, then see a podiatrist for additional options.