What is a Neuroma of the Foot?
Morton's neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves in between the metatarsal bones in the foot. Pain is most commonly felt in the ball of the foot, between the 3rd and 4th toes.
When the nerves become inflamed they enlarge, pinch and/or squeeze the tissue in the foot causing discomfort. Many report a burning sensation or numbness in the foot.
Physical activity with poor shoe support or wearing overly tight shoes may cause pain (sometimes sharp shooting pain) into the toes.
What Causes Morton's Neuroma in Feet?
Typically, Morton's Neuroma is more common in women although we can certainly see it in man. It is very often related to, but not always exclusively to, the shoes that we choose to wear. Shoes that are very narrow, tight or short in the toebox are typical culprits for causing Morton's Neuroma. Additionally, shoes that have a thin or flexible soul in the forefoot can potentially irritate the area. Twisting and push off motions, can cause irritation of the nerves as well.
How to Diagnose Morton's Neuroma
The squeezing of the nerves will cause pain, clicking, sharp shooting pain into the toes, sometimes burning or aching in the metatarsal areas.
How to Treat a Neuroma in the Foot
Typically ice and anti-inflammatory medications are ineffective to treat Morton's Neuroma, however an injection into the location where the painful nerve is located may be needed in some cases. Shoe changes, metatarsal arch support strapping pads to support the metatarsal arch are also very effective treatments for Morton's Neuroma. If foot pain persist, Cortizone shots, alcohol sclerosing injections and/or foot surgery may be needed to eradicate the condition.
If you are experiencing foot pain or any of the symptoms listed above, Contact Dr. Scheone now.