Can massaging help my Morton’s neuroma?
Massaging is a great way to reduce pain in the early stages of Morton’s Neuroma. However, massaging methods that put too much pressure on the metatarsal heads can aggravate the pain by worsening the nerve compression.
The Massaging techniques that are recommended for Morton’s neuroma include the ones that foster mobilization of the metatarsal heads. These massaging techniques involve applying mild pressure on the metatarsal heads which can reduce nerve compression and make Morton’s Neuroma bearable. This technique works best when combined with daily use of toe spacers or a metatarsal pad to decrease the pain caused in early stage Morton’s neuroma.
Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc is the Medical Director of The Center for Morton’s Neuroma and Complete Spine and Pain Care, an interventional and integrated Pain Management program located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Previously, Dr. Pearl was the Co-Director of the Pain Management Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where she was also the Director of the Fellowship program. She is the former Director of a satellite pain center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Pain Management Center, located at the HealthSouth Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Pearl held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. She serves on the Health Care Services Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents since 2000 as one of its physician representatives and is Chair of the Committee on Pain Management.