“Walking with Dinosaurs 3D” has thundered into US theaters this Christmas season. The official website promises realistic dinosaurs and an “immersive” experience for the whole family. If you’re looking for a holiday outing, you may want to check-out this film where the main character, Patchi, wins despite enormous obstacles. This is a highly relatable theme, especially if you suffer with foot pain. A neuroma can feel like you’re walking through the Stone Age--every step hurts and leaves you searching high and low for relief.
If you’re looking for ways to relieve neuroma pain at home, here are some helpful tips. First, check out your footwear. If you are living in high heels, or shoes that are too tight—it’s time for a change. Look for shoes with plenty of room for your toes. Many people focus only on width, but depth matters as well. The sole is another area that should not be compromised—cushion is critical. If you exercise, or play a particular sport, wear shoe gear designed for that activity.
Next, be prepared to rest your feet. Pounding the pavement, or dancing to your favorite workout video, can increase your discomfort. Allow time for healing by taking a break from these high intensity exercises. Instead, try swimming, or another low impact option.
Everyone loves a massage, right? For neuroma discomfort, try a massage with a twist—ice. A frozen water bottle rolled over the affected area can provide relief. Some patients are able to take anti-inflammatory medications as well.
Dr. Robert Parker can also recommend exercises that you can do at home to strengthen your feet, because a strong foundation is key to your health and happiness. Call Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX today at (281) 497-2850, or schedule an appointment online.