Morton’s Neuroma develops when the tissue around a nerve near the ball of your foot begins to thicken. The thickened tissue create pressure on the nerve and can result in pain, numbness, tingling and a burning sensation in the area. This condition usually occurs at the base of the third and fourth toe.
While a number of activities and disorders can increase the risk of developing this condition, footwear is probably the biggest risk factor. Footwear that places additional pressure on the toes or the ball of the foot, like high heels or narrow dress shoes can lead to the development of Morton’s Neuroma. Woman are much more likely to develop this disorder than men.
Massage or rest may bring temporary relief early on. Symptoms may only occur occasionally, but as the condition progresses they will occur more frequently and possibly become severe.
While relatively simple to treat in it’s early stages, this condition will progressively worsen if left untreated. Pain will get worse over time and the condition may require surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve if is allowed to become severe.
A podiatrist will perform a physical examination, review your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms. During a physical examination, a podiatrist will look for tenderness in the area between the toes. X-rays may be ordered to confirm your pain isn’t the result of an inflamed joint or arthritis.
Treating Morton’s Neuroma
Treatment will depend on the severity of a patient’s condition. In most cases a patient will be able to treat this condition using a combination of conservative treatments. Wider footwear, custom orthotics, changes in activities, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication are commonly recommended if the condition is mild or moderate.
Cortisone shots may be an option for patients who are unable to manage their symptoms using the conservative treatment options.
Surgery may be recommended if the condition has become severe. During surgery, a doctor may cut some of the tissue in your foot to reduce the pressure on the affected. Removing the nerve is also an option if all other forms of treatment fail to provide relief.
Foot Doctors In Brooklyn
If you are in pain or having mobility issues due to a foot or ankle disorder, schedule an appointment at Brooklyn Premier Orthopedics with one of our Board Certified Podiatrist. Our podiatrist diagnose, treat and educate patients so that they understand their condition and benefits of recommended treatments.