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.
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:
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:
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.
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