Have you checked your shoe to see if there’s actually a stone in there?
Assuming there’s no foreign object actually lodged underfoot, and the pain is located toward the front of your foot (often between second and third or third and fourth toes), there’s a good chance you might be suffering from a condition known as Morton’s neuroma. In this condition, repeated irritation or pressure on one of the nerves leading to your toes causes surrounding tissues to thicken. Although this may not create a visible bump you can feel with your fingers, it’s enough to create painful sensations when pressed.
Women are about 10 times more likely than men to develop the condition, suggesting that footwear (particularly high heels) may play an important role in either causing or at least aggravating the problem. Certain activities (like high-impact sports) and foot problems (like bunions) are also associated with increased risk.
A variety of treatment options are available, and most cases do not require surgery if help is sought early. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Podiatry Group, call us toll free at 888-569-9559.