Electric shock sensation in foot

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    Aug 30, 2008 12:26 PM GMT
    I know I have a neuroma--a nerve bundle that is pinched by the bones in my foot. It was diagnosed several years ago. Last spring I got a new orthotic that seemed to be working great, and I was able to get back to running three or four times a week. But lately the electric shock sensation has come back. Any suggestions about what I should do? I suppose icing it and elevating it are the first line of defense. I don't want to have a surgeon cut open my foot if I can help it!
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    Sep 02, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    How is it being pinched by the bones in your foot? Is it due to subluxation or did you have an accident that caused this? Are there muscles that are pulling your bones to a point that causes this? Is it in the ankle or heel?

    Have you tried Chiropractic and Massage Therapy?

    Since it doesn't sound like neuropathy, you may want to try some alternative solutions along with your orthotics. As far as I know, ice is for inflamation and accute pain, not nerve issues.
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    Sep 02, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    Thanks for your suggestions. It's just the way my foot is. There was no acute injury. The precise term for it is "Morton's neuroma." I think it's actually pretty common. I'm surprised no one else on here seems to have heard of it. Here's some podiatry information website about it:

    http://www.podiatrychannel.com/mortonneuroma/index.shtml

    I am disappointed to note that they say "minor surgery is usually necessary." The surgical procedures they describe both sound bad; one may cause "instability in the forefoot" and the other leaves a scar on the sole of your foot that "can make walking uncomfortable." I want to be able to run without pain, but these surgical options don't inspire optimism.
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    Sep 07, 2008 12:44 PM GMT
    with morton's neuroma you can have a small lump added on to your orthotic that will help spread your toes and so help relieve the pressure over the area...you could also try chiropractic with the aim to be to restore function in your foot and relieve the pressure over the area
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    Sep 07, 2008 4:13 PM GMT
    oh also, orthotics usually need to be replaced yearly