The Foot Problem That Took Out a Rockstar

December 9, 2013
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Aerosmith’s leading man and former American Idol judge Steven Tyler did an interview with Oprah about his experience with a condition that affected his feet.  When he first sought treatment, he stated that his doctor told him that his years of on stage performance and the stylish shoes and boots that went along with it were the cause of his pain.  He was diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma, and in 2008, underwent an operation to correct the problems and deformity.  Other celebrities’ associated with Morton’s Neuroma include Dorothy Zbornak (Golden Girls,) Patrick Duffy, and The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper. 


During the winter, podiatrists see an increased number of patients with specific symptoms similar to what Tyler described that include a sharp burning pain from between the 3rd and 4th toes and in the ball of the foot along with stinging, burning, and numbness in the toes.  This combination of symptoms defines a Morton’s Neuroma. 


This condition is due to injury or irritation to, most frequently, the nerve between the 3rd and 4th toes.  Over time, the nerve thickens and becomes extremely painful.  Even though things like flat feet, high arches, bunions, hammertoes, abnormal toe position, or a combination of these things can contribute to the formation of a Morton’s Neuroma, it seems like improperly fitting winter boots are one of the things that can cause the symptoms to begin in the first place.  Therefore, it is important to make sure your bootsfit properly, and do not squeeze or pinch your toes.


Podiatrists are experts that treat Morton’s Neuroma, and other conditions associated with the feet.  There are things that can be done to ease and eliminate the pain associated with this condition.  Getting care as early as possible can prevent the nerve irritation from becoming more severe, leading to the need for more serious treatments.  Call Advanced Foot Care Centers on Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, TN for your appointment today. 


By: Rachna Gupta

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