High Heels and Nerve Damage: Double Trouble

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

The Downtown Food Tour in Houston is happening this Saturday, June 21, from 4:00-6:45pm. It will be a fun night filled with local cuisine, and it could be a fun excuse to dress up a bit. Before you break out those heels, there are some things you should know about wearing high heels and nerve damage. Stylish shoes can be fun for you ladies, but they can also cause a lot of trouble.

Wearing tight-fitting shoes that put pressure on the ball of your foot can cause a number of problems, from bunions to plantar fasciitis. One of the more commonly seen conditions isMorton’s neuroma. This is when the nerves between the toes, usually the third and fourth, become inflamed and thickened. The result is tingling, numbness, and pain. Women who are active are especially at risk because they put even more pressure on their feet.

Treating a neuroma can be fairly simple depending on how advanced it is. If you catch it early and change your shoes you can make it go away pretty easily. You can also try resting your foot while it heals. Icing your foot can also help with swelling and inflammation. Your doctor may prescribe a custom-made orthotic or medication to help ease the pressure and the pain that is associated with this condition. In very severe cases, you might consider trying cortisone injections or even surgery. Surgery will leave your toes numb, but it is usually preferable to constant discomfort or pain.

For more information about treating and preventing neuromas call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment. At Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston we take pride in the care we offer to our patients. We want you to be foot-pain free, so you can enjoy your life.

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