A painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between the third and the fourth toes is called Morton’s neuroma. You may feel as if you were standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold of your stock. This happens because there is a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes and you may feel a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot even your toes may feel burn, sting or numb.
One of the causes is high heeled shoes so many people feel relieved after switching to lower heeled shoes with wider toe boxes.
Corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.
Some of the symptoms of Morton's neuroma you might experience include:
tingling or numbness in your toes;
you may feel as if you are standing up on a pebble in your shoe;
a burning pain in the ball of your foot that may radiate into your toes.
Do not ignore foot pain that lasts longer than a few days. Visit your doctor if the symptoms are getting worse.
Morton’s neuroma is caused in response to pressure, irritation or injury to one of the nerves that lead to your toes,
4 Making a Diagnosis
Visit you doctor if your symptoms of morton's neuroma are getting worse to receive a diagnosis. He may refer you to a doctor or surgeon that specializes in foot disorder. Bring a family member or close friend with you. Bring a notebook to list down the important things. You can ask some of these questions:
When did your symptoms begin?
What type of footwear do you use?
Do you participate in sports?
What are the supplements, medications and vitamins you are taking?
Your doctor will likely ask you some questions:
Is it worse in all of your shoes?
What eases the pain?
What worsens it?
Do you have pain in other parts of your body?
Your doctor will perform a physical exam. He will press on your foot to feel for a mass or tender spot. You may also feel a “clicking” between the bones of your foot.
He will recommend doing imaging test such as:
ultrasound, to reveal soft tissues abnormalities like neuromas,
magnetic resonance imaging or MRI to visualize the soft tissues because of the use of radio waves and a strong magnetic field,
X-rays on your foot to rule out other causes of pain like stress fracture.
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