Excessive pronation (feet “rolling” inwards) results in the joints at the ball of the foot moving closer together. This in turn results in the nerves, which are situated between the joints, being compressed or irritated. The condition is more common in middle-aged women who wear tight, narrow, unsupportive footwear.
Men, however, can also suffer from the condition.
Control of excessive pronation with orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts) improves foot function, prevents the joints at the ball of the feet moving together and therefore prevents the nerves being compressed or irritated. Orthotics can also reduce pressure on the nerves.
Galleria Podiatrist will also assess your foot for structural problems that may lead to this condition.
Padding and strapping may also be applied by your Galleria Podiatrist to reduce nerve compression.
As a last resort, surgery may be required in severe cases. This involves removing the thickened part of the nerve.