Morton’s neuroma may not be life-threatening, but it can prove deeply painful — it’s often compared to standing on a pebble. Normally used to help with problems with the back, chiropractic traditionally focuses on manipulating the spine. When it’s used for Morton’s neuroma, it involves energetic tugging of the toes — the idea is that this will release any stiffness that might have caused the metatarsals to tighten and move towards each other, rubbing against the nerve. Podiatrist David Cashley has worked alongside chiropractors in his practice near Dundee for the past 20 years and decided to train in chiropractic after seeing the positive results it could have.
"I was seeing a lot of patients with Morton’s neuroma, but didn’t have a fix for them — while the chiropractors had the fix, but seldom saw Morton’s neuroma patients," Cashley says. He published a study of 38 Morton’s patients he had treated only with chiropractic, which appeared in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2015. He said that after six treatments, 79 per cent were pain-free, while a further 10 per cent experienced a minor discomfort only after a long walk. However, 5 per cent experienced worse pain than before. All of those involved had previously tried other treatments, such as steroid injections, without success.
Source: Kate Smith, Daily Mail [8/7/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.
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