Morton'S Neuroma

1 What is Morton's Neuroma?

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.

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2 Symptoms

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.

3 Causes

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.

5 Treatment

The treatment for Morton’s neuroma may depend on the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing.

Some of the treatments are:

  • therapy arch supports and foot pads for the reducing of the pressure on the nerve, these are over the counter but you can also have a custom-made to fit the exact contours of your feet,
  • injection of steroids into the affected area,
  • decompression surgery, cutting the ligament,
  • removal of the nerve but this procedure may result in the numbness of the toes or foot.

6 Prevention

To help prevent Morton’s neuroma follow these:

  • maintain or achieve ideal body weight,
  • avoid wearing tight or high-heeled shoes,
  • if you play sports wear a proper shoes that firs you perfectly.

7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies

One of the Morton’s neuroma remedies is Serrapeptase.

8 Lifestyle and Coping

Lifestyle modifications are necessary in order to cope with Morton's neuroma.

Take in to consider some of these self-care tips to relieve the pain associated with Morton’s neuroma:

  • take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Mortin IB, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) to relieve pain and reduce the swelling,
  • try ice massage to reduce the pain, roll the ice over the affected area,
  • avoid high heels or tight shoes,
  • reduce your physical activities that may subject your feet to high impact such as aerobic and jogging.

9 Risks and Complications

Some of the risk factors that can contribute to Morton’s neuroma are:

  • certain sports such as running or jogging that may subject your feet to repetitive trauma or sports that uses tight shoes like ballet or rock climbing,
  • people who have foot deformities such as hammertoes, bunions, flatfeet or high arches,
  • wearing high-heeled shoes or shoes that are tight that can put stress on your feet.

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