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bone-related problems, such as stress
fractures and dislocations," explains Dr.
Frank, who enumerates other potential
causes of foot pain.
Once a diagnosis of Morton's
neuroma is determined, the typical
treatment plan starts with simple
measures to address causes and reduce
pain. These include commonsense
advice: avoiding unnecessary weightbearing activities and losing weight if that
is an issue. Standard medical care calls
for wider shoes with lower heels and soft
soles; custom shoe inserts and pads; ice
applications following activity and antiinflammatory medications.
The majority of Morton's neuroma
cases are successfully treated with a
combination of conservative measures.
However, hands-on approaches like
physiotherapy and massage sometimes
offer relief.
When all else fails, surgery to
decompress the nerve may be necessary.
"Sometimes we even need to remove the

neuroma itself," says Dr. Frank, and
notes that he sometimes performs
surgical procedures to correct
contributing deformities, such as
hammertoe or bunions.

FOOT TRAFFIC

It isn't a nail tech's role to diagnose
medical conditions and, because
Morton's is rarely visibly apparent, you
won't know it's there unless your client
tells you. Denise Baich is a Certified
Advanced Nail Technician, Certified
Medical Nail Technician and Certified
Safe Nail Professional whose nailcare
suite, The Pedicure Plus, is next door
to Dr. Frank's practice, which allows
for reciprocal referrals. She says that
sometimes a client talks about her pain
but doesn't know what's going on. "Once
we discuss her symptoms, we perform a
soothing massage and refer the client to a
doctor," Baich says. "This is very important
because Morton's can lead to permanent
nerve damage if left untreated."

Janet McCormick, educator, author
and co-owner of Nailcare Academy, touts
the value of gentle massage for a client
with Morton's neuroma. "It's performed
on the plantar forefoot and on the rest
of the foot and leg muscles-many leg
muscles are also attached to the foot so
massage can support lessening of the
pain that radiates from this condition,"
she explains, but adds that no nail tech
should offer to "treat" the condition, as
that is beyond the scope of practice. "And
if the client is undiagnosed, recommend
that she sees her physician or suggest a
podiatrist to whom you refer clients."
Once confirmed to have Morton's
neuroma and in treatment, a nail client
can receive regular pedicures just
like anyone else. Use caution during
massage, and Baich recommends using
soothing and anti-inflammatory skincare
products during the service. NP
Linda Kossoff is a health and wellness
writer based in Los Angeles.

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