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What is Morton's neuroma?

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Morton's neuroma is an injured nerve in the foot. It is probably the most common kind of neuroma.

The ailment is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerve leading to the toes. The pain you feel will generally begin in the ball of your foot and shoot out to between your third and fourth toes. Your toes might sting, burn, or feel numb and walking is probably quite painful. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons likens the feeling of Morton's neuroma to walking on a marble.

If you are a woman, wearing high feels probably feels next to impossible. In fact, Morton's neuroma is far more common in women than in men, and part of it can be attributed to wearing high heels and shoes that are too tight.

Already present foot problems can play a role in the formation of Morton's neuroma. Issues include bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, high arches and abnormal positioning of your toes.

It is generally much easier to treat Morton's neuroma when caught early on, so if you're feeling any kind of pain, be sure to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Many times, making basic lifestyle changes and caring for your feet can treat Morton’s neuroma. Your podiatrist may ask you to:

  • Rest your foot
  • Wear shoes that are more supportive, wider, or flatter
  • Massage and ice the affected areas of your feet and toes
  • Take non-prescription pain killers
  • Wear orthotic devices.

In more serious cases, it may be recommended that you receive injections or undergo surgery.

It may be tempting to self-diagnose, but it's always smart to get the professional opinion of an experienced podiatrist. Morton’s neuroma requires professional help in treatment, and your foot doctor must confirm that your symptoms don’t hide a more serious ailment. Contact Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, Arizona to schedule an appointment by calling 623-584-5556 or e-mailing [email protected]

Dr. Peyman A. Elison
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