Patrick Duffy Suffers Lasting Foot Pain from Morton’s Neuroma

Patrick Duffy Suffers Lasting Foot Pain from Morton’s Neuroma

Actor Patrick Duffy’s first big television role in 1976 caused exaggerated swelling in both his public visibility and the nerves between his third and fourth toes.   As the last member of the lost civilization of Atlantis, the stunts he had to perform with superhuman strength, sight, and webbed digits turned out to truly be too much for a human to handle.

“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.”

He had surgery to remove the damaged nerve in 1989, but continues to experience foot pain.  However, he currently plays Bobby Ewing in TNT’s “Dallas” sequel, recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary, and clearly won’t let injury hold him back.

Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition characterized by irritated nerves.  If you are suffering from foot pain, see Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Texas. Dr. Stran will tend to all of your podiatric needs.

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:

  • Apply padding to the arc
  • Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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