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Understanding Morton’s Neuroma

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition affecting the nerves in the ball of the foot, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. This condition is characterized by a thickening of the tissue surrounding a nerve, leading to compression and irritation. Morton's neuroma is often associated with stress or trauma to the foot, such as wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or participating in activities that involve repetitive impact on the forefoot. Additionally, foot deformities like bunions, hammertoes, or high arches can contribute to the development of Morton's neuroma by placing increased pressure on the nerves. Certain factors like foot structure, gait abnormalities, and genetic predisposition may also play a role. Individuals with Morton's neuroma typically experience symptoms such as sharp or burning pain in the ball of the foot, tingling or numbness, and a sensation of having a pebble in the shoe. It is beneficial to recognize the early symptoms of Morton’s neuroma which may help to increase the possibility of prompt relief. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide you with expert medical advice.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our doctors of Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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