Stretch Socks to treat Morton’s neuroma?
Many patients with Morton’s neuroma have reported improvement in the severity of their cases by using stretch socks overnight. This method can work towards improving the overall situation especially in early stage Morton’s neuroma together with other treatments, such as low-pressure foot massage, prescribed medication, and changing footwear.
Stretch socks are used to extend the space between each toe in order to reduce the pressure exerted on the affected nerve. They can also be tied in a different manner according to the position of the neuroma and the pain directed by it. These socks lessen the pain caused by Morton’s Neuroma and can also help in the recovery phase after the surgery for quicker healing. Since these socks can be cumbersome and are only effective in early stages Morton’s neuroma or immediately post surgery, they used infrequently.
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.