Why does it feel like there’s something in my shoe?

You’re walking along and feel something in your shoe under the ball of your foot, but when you take it off there’s nothing there. If you straighten your sock, put the shoe back on, and still feel the lump, it is probably in your foot. A condition called Morton’s neuroma entails swelling or extra growth around the nerve between two of your smaller toes. The thickened area can feel like something under your foot when you walk. It can also cause a lot of pain—because the nerve is pinched—and numbness—because its normal function is impaired.

Fortunately, this condition usually responds to conservative treatment involving resting from certain activities for a while, icing and elevating the foot, choosing better-fitting shoes, and padding or using orthotics to reduce the pressure on the nerve. If all else fails, there are surgical procedures to release the tissue around the nerve or even remove it.

Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, CO, can help you sort out what’s happening and find the best treatment to get rid of your symptoms. Call us at (303) 423-2520 or set up an appointment through our website today.