Ask the doctors: Having a Morton’s neuroma is a pain in the foot

Posted by Dennis Mundt on

My podiatrist has recommended surgery because I have Morton's neuroma in both feet.

Morton's neuroma is a pinched nerve in the ball of the foot that usually occurs between the third and fourth toes.

A benign growth causes the nerve that transmits sensation from the toes to swell.

This causes sensations ranging from numbness, burning, and tingling in the forefoot, toes, or both, to outright - and sometimes severe - pain in the forefoot, toes, or both.

Morton's neuroma is a condition whose cause is unknown.

Narrow shoes, which squeeze the toes; high-heeled shoes, which exponentially increase the pressure exerted on the ball of the foot; and nerve damage caused by trauma, inflammation, and illness are all contributing factors.

It's thought that biomechanical issues like flat feet or high arches, which can cause instability around the toe joints, play a role.

Bunions or hammer toes are also considered risk factors for Morton's neuroma development.

A neuroma can develop as a result of the repeated stress associated with high-impact sports such as running and basketball.

A physical exam can help diagnose neuromas by locating tenderness in the ball of the foot or identifying a mass.

Some people experience a clicking sensation between their toes.

Ultrasound imaging can be used to identify tissue abnormalities associated with a neuroma.

Flat-soled shoes with a wide toe box and sufficient padding beneath the ball of the foot can relieve pressure and protect the affected area.

To manage pain and inflammation, some people require anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections.

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