Reflexology, Meridians and Plantar Digital Neuritis
Neuritis is the inflammation of a nerve, with pain, tenderness and loss of function. This particular form of neuritis affects the toes, most often the fourth toe.
The pain usually begins at the web between the third and fourth toes and shoots up into the fourth toe. The sensations experienced in the toe may vary from slight numbness to intense pain, depending on how severely the nerve is affected.
The discomfort can be alleviated by massaging the toe.
The gall bladder meridian is found on the fourth toe, where this problem is most common. Plantar digital neuritis is found in many women, and I have witnessed numerous cases where women have this problem around pre-menstrual time when they often crave chocolates, caffeine and other stimulants.
The condition can therefore be related to overloading of the gall bladder meridian. This can also be associated with hip trouble and can possibly be seen as a puffy area in line with the fourth toe close to the ankle.
The gall bladder meridian runs through the hip region, and swelling here may indicate congestion along the gall bladder meridian.