Morton’s Neuroma Exercises After Surgery
Morton’s Neuroma is a benign neuroma of an intermetatarsal plantar nerve that is usually situated in the middle of the fourth and third intermetatarsal spaces. Wearing high heels or very tight and uncomfortable shoes are the common cause of this condition.
Conventional treatment includes massage, stretching, wide toe box, wearing comfortable shoes, rest and ice massage. If all of these treatments fail, surgery is the common doctor’s suggestion.
Two weeks after the morton’s neuroma surgery, your doctor may recommend that you use crutches and will not apply any pressure or weight on the operated foot. You will wear specially designed footwear for the first two weeks and you can already apply weight on your foot for two or more weeks. During this period, you still have to avoid any exercise.
Once your condition starts to improve and the cut has healed, your doctor may allow you to lightly massage your foot and some stretching exercises to maintain foot’s normal motion and help heal the scar. You can stretch your toes without applying pressure on ball of your foot. You can also pick up a pencil on the floor using only your toes as an exercise.
Gently position your thumbs on top of the foot in the area where the neuroma was removed and place the remaining fingers underside of your foot. Gently massage those areas to stretch the scar, tissue and the metatarsal muscles. For better understanding on the location of your toes in relation to where the bones are, use a skeleton chart as your reference.
Returning to normal exercise
According to the Sussex Foot and Ankle Centre, eight weeks after the surgery, you may be able to go back to your normal physical exercise and sports depending on how your foot is healing. You can do all of that but avoid exercises that applies to much pressure on the foot for it delays the healing process.