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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 12, 2016
Tags: Morton's Neuroma  

Do you have pain in the ball of the foot? Does it feel like you are walking on a marble? If so, you may have nerve damage called Morton's neuroma.

A neuroma is a benign nerve tumor. However, in the case of Morton's neuroma, instead of a tumor there is a thickening of the tissue that encircles the nerve leading to the toes. The neuroma most often develops between the third and fourth toes when the nerve is injured or compressed.

This nerve damage can cause sharp or burning pain. Sometimes the toes get numb or there may be swelling, weakness or a general feeling of discomfort. Usually there is no lump present on the outside of the foot. If not properly treated, this condition may grow worse and can even cause permanent damage.

Causes of Morton's Neuroma

Perhaps because of wearing shoes that are too tight and narrow, women are more likely to get Morton's neuroma than men. Shoes that compress the toe area such as those that are too narrow can cause this nerve damage. The problem can be intensified by high heels as they shift weight forward.

Runners may feel neuroma pain pushing off from the starting block. Also trauma from dropping a heavy object on the toes or from a prior injury can cause a neuroma.

Prevent Morton's neuroma by wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of toe room. Limit the time you wear high heels.

Treating Morton's Neuroma

Foot pain or numbness should not be neglected. Call Clark Podiatry Center if you or a family member experiences any of these symptoms.

After a thorough examination, we will take x-rays right in our office to rule out any other problem like a stress fracture or arthritis. Then we will start with conservative treatments as studies show that 80% of patients with Morton's neuroma are treated successfully with non-invasive treatments. These include:

  • Changing your footwear to shoes that have low heels and wide, roomy toe boxes. This extra room may allow the nerve to heal.
  • We can measure you for custom-fitted orthotics that will reduce pressure on the nerve by separating and lifting the bones.
  • A series of corticosteroid injections can reduce swelling and inflammation.

If your pain is not relieved by these methods we will discuss decompression surgery or removal of the nerve, which usually comes with a short recuperation period.

Don't Suffer with the Pain of Morton's Neuroma

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist urges you to contact us with any foot or ankle pain or discomfort. You can reach us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. We will quickly diagnose your problem and take action to reduce your pain. We will also be happy to evaluate your stride and how your shoes are wearing to recommend the best shoes for your individual condition.

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