Certain jobs require you to spend hours each day standing or walking. If you are a construction worker, nurse, teacher, chef, or retail sales clerk, the end of your shift can leave you with tired, aching feet—but that’s not the worst of it. Constant pressure could cause a benign growth of the nerve tissue between your toes which can lead to tingling, numbness, or sharp shooting pains. At Sierra Foot & Ankle we diagnose and treat neuromas, but we also offer these tips for dealing with neuroma pain at home:
- Start with your shoes. A good pair of work shoes that offer support for your arch and cushioning in the forefoot area is worth the extra money. A rocker bottom sole is helpful, allowing the shoe to roll along with your foot. Also make sure they have plenty of room for your toes, low or no heels, and adjustable closings for when your feet swell.
- Add an insole for extra cushioning. They provide a layer of protection between your foot and the shoe’s insole. Foam ones may be enough, although they wear out more quickly. Gel pads last longer but may be too firm for some feet. Insoles are an inexpensive help for casual and dress shoes worn for short periods of time.
- Use a quality floor mat. If you stand for long periods in one place (stove, checkout counter, factory station) you might benefit from a gel mat that provides a surface that gives under your feet.
- Lose weight. Nothing adds to the pressure on your foot like carrying around extra pounds. It’s amazing what shedding even a few pounds can do to relieve your foot pain.
- Rest your feet. Take breaks as often as you can, and get off your feet. Take your shoes off and massage the painful areas, or use an ice pack for a few minutes to soothe the discomfort.