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By Clark Podiatry Center
May 29, 2019
Category: Foot Pain

There are many things that can cause pain in your feet. One is called a Neuroma. A Neuroma is the thickening of the skin and irritation of a nerve between your toes. Neuromas can affect the ball of your feet and is usually found between your 3rd and 4th toes. This is also called Morton’s Neuroma.

Symptoms of a Neuroma include:

  • Feeling like you have a pebble in your footwear
  • Sharp, burning pain in your feet especially between your toes
  • Toes may feel numb

Risk factors for a Neuroma include:

  • High heel footwear – can put undue pressure on your toes and ball of your feet
  • High impact sports – jogging, running, basketball and/or gymnastics
  • Inherited or other foot issues – bunions, hammertoes, flat feet or high arches

Home treatments can include:

  • Ice – 15 minutes on and off for several hours to reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory meds – Tylenol. Make sure you take them only as directed.
  • Better fitting footwear – that do not put undue pressure on your toes or ball of the foot
  • Reducing or stopping the aggravating activity – take a break from running or basketball for awhile

It is very important to see you podiatrist if you think you are developing a Neuroma. Your podiatrist can treat the condition in the following ways:

  • Use specifically designed orthotic – your podiatrist can recommend which one is best for you
  • Inject steroids to alleviate the pain
  • Surgery – a cutting and thereby loosening of the ligament around the affected area
  • Surgery – the removal of the affected nerve. This can, however, result in permanent numbness
  • Injections of something called sclerosing alcohol. This treatment has seen some positive results, but not in all cases. Your podiatrist is the best person to decide.   

Do you suspect you have a Neuroma or have any other foot concerns,  schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center  at 732-382-3470 to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy who is  associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute . Come see us at our Clark, New Jersey office today!

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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