Five-Time Boston Marathon Runner Overcomes Neuroma and Races On

lLaura Caradonna-Dubiel gets together at her Foster Road home with two of her biggest fans, sons Caden and Dylan. Courtesy PhotoLaura Caradonna-Dubiel  has run in five Boston Marathons, and her times have all fallen within a seven-minute range.  Her worst was 4:47:08, her best was 4:41:48, and last month she came in right in the middle at 4:44:39.  This was particularly impressive since she wasn’t able to race in 2012 or 2013.  

"I didn’t run the last two years, as I had Morton’s neuroma. That is nerve damage between toes. It causes your toes to go numb, and it can be extremely painful if you try to run on it," said Laura.  

Insistent to running this year, she bought orthotic inserts for her shoes and received a cortisone shot a few weeks before the marathon.  "My feet were cramping up. I was keeping a good time, but the heat killed me," she admits. "I was determined to finish. I kept thinking ‘Boston Strong.’ I’ve never seen crowd support like I did that day."

If a foot or ankle injury is keeping you from the activities that you love, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM, PC, of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will assess your condition and create a treatment option that is right for you.

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.  If this condition is left untreated, pain is likely to continue and worsen.

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet, will less likely mean 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: 

Apply padding to the arch
Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling
Reduce strenuous activities
Provide wider shoes

Surgery will be a last option if the podiatrist decides nothing else seems to working. A surgeon will follow the right steps to ensure which suits you better.

For more information about the Elderly and their Feet, read the following article.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Havertown, PA. We offer quality care for all your foot and ankle injuries in a comfortable and convenient setting.

Read more about the Morton’s neuroma.

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