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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 19, 2016
Tags: Morton's Neuroma  

Have you been experiencing pain in the ball of your foot? Does it sometimes feel like your sock is bunched up or that there’s a pebble in your shoe? If so, you may have a condition we treat often at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care known as Morton’s Neuroma. Symptoms may come on gradually and be sporadic at first. There may be a burning or tingling sensation on the bottom of your foot between your third and fourth toe or the area may feel numb. As time goes on, however, the symptoms will get worse and will last for a few days or even weeks.

What’s Happening

A Neuroma occurs when nerves become irritated and inflamed due to excess compression or friction. This causes the nerves to enlarge and thicken and this growth is what causes the pain and discomfort in the ball of your foot. As the Neuroma grows, the symptoms get worse and will eventually lead to permanent nerve damage if not treated. Neuromas are typically caused by shoes that squeeze the toes. Patients with certain deformities, such as hammertoes and flatfeet are also more prone to Morton’s Neuroma.

Diagnosis

If you suspect you are suffering with Morton’s Neuroma, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will start by asking questions about when you first noticed symptoms and how they have progressed.  The podiatrist will also want to know about your occupation and what sports and leisure activities you participate in frequently. A complete exam will then be conducted of your foot and various imaging studies may be ordered to confirm a diagnosis of Morton’s Neuroma.

Getting Relief

Once the foot doctor is sure that you have Morton’s Neuroma, there are several treatment options available aimed at providing relief and preventing the Neuroma from growing:

  • Icing—to reduce swelling
  • Medications—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen can help relieve pain and inflammation; cortisone injections may also be recommended for this purpose
  • Padding—can be  used to reduce pressure on the nerve
  • Orthotics—can give support to certain parts of the foot and thereby relieve compression on the nerve
  • Surgery—if non-surgical treatment techniques are not successful, your foot doctor may recommend surgery

For most patients, Morton’s Neuroma also requires modifications to activities to reduce the pounding and pressure put on the ball of the foot. To find out more about this condition, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling 732-662-3050. The health and comfort of your feet is our number one concern.

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