Recently our staff came across this foot hack to prevent neuroma pain. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/taped-toes-together-see-made-160000678.html Does using scotch tape to tape your third and fourth toes together to prevent neuroma pain. True or False?
A neuroma is a pinched nerve. Typically, neuromas occur in women between their third and fourth toes (true for that fact). They can occur between other toes as well. They are painful with each step. Harry Baldinger, D.P.M., a board certified podiatrist practicing in New York, does not advocate toe taping for a neuroma. If the nerve is pinched taping will only compress the area more causing more pain. To release the pinch, you need a metatarsal pad under the foot. This is available in an orthotic, or in a metatarsal pad that sticks to your foot in the correct area.
When do I tape?
- Tape is great to protect areas that may rub against shoes causing blisters or corns.
- Tape can also protect hammertoes that rub the top of shoes.
- Tape together a broken toe. By immobilizing the toe you may reduce pain and help healing.
Avoid scotch tape. Use medical grade silicone tape that stays in place, it provides more cushioning with no OUCH when removed. https://pedicurian.com/products/soothe-heal%E2%84%A2-silicone-tape Save the scotch tape for paper and treat your feet.