Learning About Morton’s Neuroma
When nerve tissue is chronically compressed and irritated, swelling and enlargement results in a neuroma. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent nerve damage. Neuromas can occur anywhere in the body. The most common type of podiatric neuroma is a Morton’s neuroma. These commonly develop between the third and fourth toes, but they may also occur in other locations.
Be alert for the three most common symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma and reach out to your podiatrist’s office if you notice them:
- Persistent pain
- Discomfort including numbness, tingling, or burning
- A strange sensation in your foot, even when you’re not wearing shoes – this is most often described feeling like there is something inside the ball of your foot or in your shoe, or as if a sock is bunched up under your foot
Neuromas grow gradually. As a result, the symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma typically begin slowly. At first, you may notice them only periodically. They may appear only when you wear certain shoes or do certain things. They may improve when you change position or rub the affected area. Unfortunately, if your neuroma is left untreated, they will probably worsen and may begin to persist unabated for longer and longer periods of time. Even worse, as the neuroma enlarges and the temporary irritation to the nerve becomes permanent damage, your discomfort will likely intensify.
The Causes of Morton’s Neuroma
Anything that compresses or irritates the nerve over a long period of time can create a neuroma. Common causes include:
- Years of involvement in activities such as long-distance running or sports including basketball and tennis that can cause repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot
- Foot and ankle injuries or other trauma
- Pre-existing foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat arches
Treatment for Morton’s Neuroma
The best place to find relief from your Morton’s neuroma is at your podiatrist’s office. With years of specialized training and experience, a podiatrist like Jason Grossman, DPM is the best doctor to diagnose and treat all issues related to your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Treatment options for a neuroma will depend on the severity of the situation. The sooner you see the foot doctor, the more likely it is that non-invasive intervention will be effective. These options include icing, orthotics, activity restrictions, practical shoes, over the counter or prescription medications, and injection therapy. Surgery may be the best treatment for patients whose neuromas have not responded to non-surgical options.
Are you experiencing symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma? Is there anything else bothering you about the look or feel of your feet? Click here or call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 to schedule an appointment in our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville offices. Dr. Jason Grossman will examine your feet, diagnose your issue, and work with you to create an effective plan for treatment.