Actor Patrick Duffy, 65, was seen wearing leather clogs during a recent stroll down the streets of Los Angeles. According to the Enquirer, Duffy’s choice in footwear stems from a longtime foot problem called Morton’s neuroma. Duffy says his role as a half man half fish in the show “Man from Atlantis” (1976) caused him to develop this painful condition. According to the Enquirer, Duffy spent so much time running around barefoot with webbing between his toes that he irritated the nerves in his feet. Duffy had surgery to remove the affected nerve in 1989, but has struggled with lasting pain.
“I have terrible feet,” said Duffy. “I really beat them up durÂing ‘Man from Atlantis,’ because I was barefoot all the time – runÂning through fields, running on cement, jumping out of the water, slapping them around for years. So the nerves on the botÂtom kind of went all to hell. Since then, I’ve chosen to wear clogs.”
While few cases are caused by excessive activity in webbed feet, Morton’s neuroma is a common condition. If you are experiencing foot pain, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will help you take steps towards recovery.
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)
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