Recently a 32 years young lady we will call Ellen presented with foot pain here in our Libertyville, IL clinic. The pain was between the 2nd and 3rd toes on the right foot and was much worse after doing her exercise workout on an elliptical machine. After exercise she found herself walking on the outside of her foot due to the extreme burning pain in the ball of her right foot.
After examining her foot and squeezing the foot from side to side which increases the pain with a neuroma…the diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma was clear. At this point there was no need for imaging studies like x-rays, CT scans or MRI’s. If there had been an injury to the foot or the condition had been chronic for 6 months or more an x-ray would have been taken to rule out arthritis etc. Some who have this condition will also experience numbness and tingling in the foot and toes while others will have pain which is increased with activities like walking, running, bike riding or the elliptical in this young ladies case.
The best treatment for an unhappy painful nerve between the toes is the application of FSM Frequency Specific Microcurrent. The frequency pairs used are those for specific frequencies for inflammation and the frequency for the nerves. A treatment such as this one is usually for 45 to 50 minutes using the 2 positive leads on the lower back or leg and the 2 negative leads on the painful foot with either gel therapy pads or a damp towel clipped to the leads.
In this particular case Ellen thinks that I walk on water because after the second treatment the pain was gone. Now she had this pain for a month and had given up her exercise program which was really frustrating her as she is an avid workout person. Not everyone with Morton’s neuroma will have it resolved in 2 treatments, especially those who have had the condition chronically for 6 months to a year or more. With the chronic case it may take Dr. Watkin or myself 6 to 12 treatments to resolve this kind of nerve pain.