Morton’s neuroma is a painful and often underestimated condition that affects the ball of the foot, specifically targeting the web space between the third and fourth toes. More prevalent in middle-aged women, this condition can be debilitating, impacting one's daily activities. The discomfort of Morton’s neuroma may start as a subtle ache after walking, standing, or engaging in impact activities, but eventually it becomes more consistent and intense. Morton’s neuroma primarily targets the interdigital nerve, leading to swelling and thickening of the fibrous tissue surrounding the nerve. This compression can result in numbness or a pins and needles sensation in the forefoot. As it progresses, the pain may extend beyond the web space and radiate into the metatarsals. Patients often describe feeling as if there is a pebble or stone in their shoe. This unique sensation is a result of increased swelling and fibrotic thickening around the neuroma, causing an enlargement of the affected area. If you suspect you are experiencing symptoms of Morton's neuroma, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and a personalized treatment plan.
Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Ramin Nadjafi, DPM of Advanced Podiatry Group. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.
What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?
- Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
- Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
- Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities
Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.
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