Morton's Neuroma

Ever feel like you have a small rock stuck between your toes? You may be experiencing Morton’s neuroma, a common foot condition that causes pain in the ball of your foot. It's a treatable condition, and you don’t have to suffer from pain or difficulty walking any longer. Contact Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA in Houston and Katy, Texas, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeff Hetman, an experienced podiatrist who offers solutions for treating Morton’s neuroma and other foot conditions.

Morton's Neuroma Q & A

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition that usually affects the area between the third and fourth toes.

While a neuroma often refers to a tumor in a nerve, Morton’s neuroma refers to the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve leading to the toes. You may experience a burning sensation in the ball of your foot and a numb or stinging sensation in your toes.

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Activities or footwear that squeeze toes together or cause an uneven distribution of weight cause Morton's neuroma.

Ill-fitting shoes are the primary cause. For women, high-heeled shoes are frequently the main culprit. If you have Morton’s neuroma, Dr. Hetman may encourage you to wear low-heeled, well-fitting shoes to reduce the occurrence of pain and numbness.

Some sports, including jogging and running, may also result in the development of Morton’s neuroma. Activities like skiing and rock climbing, which require tight-fitting shoes that increase pressure on the toes, also increase your risk of developing the condition.  

Other factors that may contribute to the development of Morton’s neuroma include:

  • Trauma or injury
  • Foot deformities
  • Excess or repeated stress on the foot
  • Overuse

What are the treatment options for Morton’s neuroma?

Dr. Hetman first conducts a physical exam and may use imaging tests, including ultrasounds and X-rays, to diagnose the issue and rule out other conditions. Nonsurgical and surgical methods of treatment are available based on your specific needs.

Nonsurgical options include:

  • Changing footwear
  • Custom orthotics
  • Cortisone injections
  • Ice applications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Extended periods of rest

Chemical neurolysis injections are another nonsurgical option; they destroy the neuroma using ethanol mixed with anesthesia. Several injections may be necessary to remove the neuroma completely.

If these methods of treatment don’t relieve your pain, Dr. Hetman may recommend surgery. He may suggest decompression surgery, cutting nearby structures to ease pressure on the nerve, or he may need to remove your affected nerve entirely to prevent the symptoms from returning.

Call Dr. Hetman today, or using our online booking option.

At Foot Specialists of Memorial,PA, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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