Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's NeuromaMorton’s Neuroma affects the ball of your foot, commonly seen to occur between the third and fourth of your toes. Just think what it would feel like if you had a pebble in the shoe and had to stand on it, or if there was a fold in your sock. This is exactly what the condition feels like. The nerve tissue leading to the particular toe gets thickened, producing a burning, stinging or a numb feeling at the ball of your foot. Some people also feel a clicking sound in between their bones.

Some Important Facts

Affecting the Nerves of your Foot

When you feel a burning or stinging feeling on the toes, it’s best not to ignore it for more than two or three days. You may not find any lump or any other outward symptoms for Morton’s Neuroma, but just experience a burning feeling that continues despite making changes to the footwear and reducing stress on your foot.

Though there is no specific cause that has been related to the condition, it is generally seen to occur due to irritation or some kind of injury or pressure on the nerves leading to the toe. The body responds to such pressure or injury by a thickening of the tissue, also known as neuroma.

Treatment Options For Morton’s Neuroma

If the foot pain continues for a few days, it’s time to check it out with your doctor who specialized in foot conditions. X-rays are taken of the foot in order to eliminate other conditions, such as a fracture. Ultrasound and MRI is also made use of to get images of the internal condition and view the tissues. The kind of treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.

There are conservative approaches, such as therapy, placing foot pads or providing arch supports for the foot, in order to minimize the pressure on the foot nerves. You can get them customized or purchase them over the counter. Surgery is another treatment option. Steroid injections are also given to reduce the pain from Morton’s neuroma.

Another option is Cryogenic neuroblation applying cold temperatures, or going in for Decompression procedure that involves surgery on the ligaments near the affected nerve. The growth itself can be surgically removed if all other treatments fail. This is usually the last resort, as the nerve has to be removed along with the Morton’s neuroma.

Steps to Take

In such a condition of Morton’s Neuroma, you can try changing your footwear. Some people also benefit from the use of arch supports. However, in severe cases, you will also need corticosteroid injections or may have to go in for surgery. You could also try certain preventive measures, such as avoiding high heeled shoes, tight fitting shoes or ill-fitting ones, so that there is no pressure on the foot.

Also, try avoiding that produce repetitive trauma to the foot, if you are prone to the condition. This could be in the form of snow skiing and sports like rock climbing that need you to wear tight fitting shoes. If you have bunions on the feet or suffer from flat foot conditions or any other deformity, you are more at risk for this condition.

The Cure

The severity of Morton’s Neuroma determines the treatment. Common treatment options include pain medication, padding and taping of the foot, arch supports, wearing well-fitting shoes, avoiding high heels and surgery. If common treatment does not help, more professional help will be needed. Call today for an appointment with our doctor.

 

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