Tyler spoke openly about his problems with drug addiction. He claims to have smoked, snorted or shot up more than $20 million worth of drugs over the decades, and he’s been through eight rehabilitation facilities.
So, what is this condition that can hobble a rock star of the magnitude of Steven Tyler?
Morton’s neuroma is more common in women than men.
The exact cause is unknown. However, some experts believe the following may play a role in the development of this condition:
- Abnormal positioning of toes
- Flat feet
- Forefoot problems, including bunions and hammer toes
- High foot arches
- Tight shoes and high heels
Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include:
- Tingling in the space between the third and fourth toes
- Toe cramping
- Sharp, shooting, or burning pains in the ball of your foot (and sometimes toes)
- Pain that increases when wearing shoes or pressing on the area
- Pain that gets worse over time
In rare cases, nerve pain occurs in the space between the second and third toes.
Nonsurgical treatment is usually tried first. Your doctor may recommend any of the following:
- Padding and taping the toe area
- Shoe inserts
- Changes to footwear (for example, shoes with wider toe boxes)
- Anti-inflammatory medicines taken by mouth or injected into the toe area
- Nerve blocking medicines injected into the toe area
- Physical therapy
In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove the thickened tissue. This can help relieve pain and improve foot function. Numbness after surgery is permanent, but should not be painful. Surgery is successful in about 85% of cases.
Morton’s neuroma can make walking difficult. Persons with this foot condition may also have trouble performing activities that put pressure on the foot, such as pressing the gas pedal of an automobile. It may hurt to wear certain types of shoes, such as high-heels.
Have you ever had a Morton’s neuroma? How was yours treated?