Morton’s neuroma causes a sensation similar to having a pebble in your shoe or standing on a bunched up shock, except the feeling doesn’t go away quite as easily. Thankfully, if you have this frustrating, painful condition, experienced Scottsdale, Arizona, podiatrist Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA, can help you find relief through conservative, non-surgical approaches. To schedule an appointment, call or click today.
What is Morton’s neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that thickens the tissue surrounding the nerves leading to your toes, causing pain in the ball of your foot. (Though neuroma means a benign nerve tumor, Morton’s neuroma is not actually a tumor.) Usually, Morton’s neuroma occurs between your third and fourth toes.
If you have Morton’s neuroma, you may feel like you’re standing on a small rock that’s caught in your shoe, except the rock does not move. Surprisingly, despite causing this feeling, Morton’s neuroma doesn’t result in a lump or have any visible signs. Other symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include:
The pain of Morton’s neuroma often goes away at night.
Morton’s neuroma has several potential causes, but what they have in common is that they cause stress on the nerves between your toes. The most common cause is ill-fitting shoes, which put uneven pressure on your toes.
You may also get Morton’s neuroma from athletic activity, including running and tennis, which cause repeated stress on your feet, or activities like rock climbing that require you to wear tight shoes.
Even if you haven’t injured or overused your feet, your feet’s bone structure can leave you prone to Morton’s neuroma, especially if you have flat feet or very high arches.
If you have foot pain that’s lasted for more than a few days, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Forman.
Dr. Forman performs a physical exam to identify if Morton’s neuroma is the cause of your foot pain. The exam involves pressing down on your feet to feel for a mass or tender spot. If you have Morton’s neuroma, Dr. Forman starts with a conservative approach to treatment, including:
If this approach doesn’t provide relief from your symptoms, Dr. Forman may recommend injecting the nerves in the neuroma with a sclerosing solution containing alcohol, which will desensitize the nerves without affecting the surrounding area.
Dr. Forman is also experienced in providing surgical procedures to relieve Morton’s neuroma, which can either relieve pressure from the nerve or remove it altogether. However, he prefers to try all non-surgical options first, and in most cases, these conservative treatments do help treat Morton’s neuroma.
To get treatment for foot pain that may be the result of Morton’s neuroma, call or schedule an appointment online today.