Several people have asked me what I did to get rid of my neuroma. Finding my Altra’s was the last and final step of my journey. By then my pain was mostly gone and I had cautiously started to run again http://exercisingfoodies.com/2017/07/17/running-form-altra-running-shoes/
When your neuroma is very inflamed, walking is excruciating and before I got to the stage where I could even think about running I discovered a couple of things that truly helped me.
I stopped wearing any shoes that squeezed my feet from the sides, no more fancy boots with pointy tips. Come to think of it, why would you wear boots like that anyway? Most shoes have wide sizes as well as the regular sizes, choose wide.
I used Powerstep Pinnacle insoles with a metatarsal pad in all my shoes https://amzn.to/2OC2TFu It’s easy to switch so you only need one pair of insoles. Take out the existing insole that come with your shoes first or there wont be enough space.
I was surprised that the metatarsal pad sat so far back when I first got these insoles. At least it seemed that way. But it’s just the way it should be, the pad should sit behind the pain and lift and spread your metatarsal bones.I also used one of these toe spreading socks at night https://bit.ly/2ppdYyJ It’s a little uncomfortable but it really works. It’s even more effective if you put two or three of the loops between the toes that are connected to the two metatarsal bones that squeeze the neuroma. As you can imagine this feels odd and it can be a little painful if you wear it for too long. I wore it for the first part of the night and usually pulled it off after a few hours.
See what works best for you. It may be enough to use one loop between each toe as in the picture and experiment with how long you want to wear it.
Icing works wonders too. Get two ice packs, put your toe spreading sock on and place one ice pack on top of your foot and one beneath it. A perfect activity for when you watch TV or sit at your desk.
All this really works. I promise. Your pain will disappear and if you stop wearing shoes that squeeze your feet together you can soon run again.
You might want to wear the metatarsal insoles when you first start running again, but plan on getting rid of them after a while. Insoles are good during treatment, but they weaken foot muscles and shouldn’t be used when you’re pain free.
Do foot strengthening exercises instead, natures own insoles!