The Link Between High Heels and Neuromas

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.

There is a connection between wearing high heels andneuromas, so if these shoes are a part of your daily wardrobe, you might want to think about switching it up a little. The Pasadena Strawberry Festival is this weekend, an event that is fun for the whole family. With so much to see and do, you don’t want to be suffering from foot pain that will put a damper on your enjoyment.

High heels might look glamorous, but they can cause many problems with the alignment of your feet and even your back. They also cause the ball of your foot to carry an immense amount of pressure. This pressure can lead to blisters, corns, and neuromas. A neuroma is a thickened nerve in the toes, and it can be very painful. It may cause cramping, burning, or shooting pains up the leg. These nerve tumors can also be caused by genetics (flatfeet, high arches, or abnormal toe positioning) or other foot problems (bunions or hammertoe).

Treating this condition is usually fairly simple and requires only conservative measures. The first thing you should do is to change to a better shoe style. Even if your heels weren’t the cause of your neuroma, they certainly aren’t doing it any good. A doctor can prescribe medication or even a custom-made orthotic to help with discomfort. You can also tape or pad the area that is causing the pain. Dr. Parker was one of the first doctors to apply the principles of decompressing neuromas rather than excising them. Our office makes every effort to save this nerve rather then excise it, and these procedures can be done with minimal incisions such as the endoscopic decompression or the KobyGard Minimally invasive system. In more extreme cases there are other options. In very rare circumstances surgery might be the only choice.

Call Dr. Robert Parker at 281-497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston. Don’t let neuroma pain spoil your time with your family. We can help diagnose and treat all of your podiatric conditions, so call today.

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