IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT PATRICK DUFFY?!Actor Patrick Duffy, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, tennis star Lindsay Davenport, and the Rays third baseman Evan Longoria share two commonalities—high visibility and Morton’s neuroma. 

Investigators from the Enquirer unearthed Duffy’s injury and membership in the celebrity Morton’s neuroma sufferers club when looking for an explanation behind his unfashionable clogs, which the star of TNT’s “Dallas” sequel was caught wearing on a recent walk through Los Angeles.

“I have terrible feet,” said Duffy. “I really beat them up dur­ing ‘Man from Atlantis,’ because I was barefoot all the time – run­ning through fields, running on cement, jumping out of the water, slapping them around for years.  So the nerves on the bot­tom kind of went all to hell.  Since then, I’ve chosen to wear clogs.”

Morton’s neuroma is a painful nerve condition, and despite surgery to remove the damaged nerve in 1989 Duffy continues to struggles with foot pain.

If Morton’s neuroma is causing you discomfort, consider seeing a medical professional like podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assess your condition and provide the care that you need.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. 

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will make it less likely that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following:       

o   Apply padding to the arch
o   Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling

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