Morton’s Neuroma Treatment
What Is Neuroma?
A neuroma, commonly known as a pinched nerve, is caused by a non-cancerous, abnormal thickening of tissue that is usually found between the 3rd and 4th toes but can also be found between other toes. Symptoms include numbness and swelling accompanied by burning pain in the ball and front part of the foot. As the nerve that runs from the forefoot to the toes becomes swollen it becomes painful to place weight on the foot. Running, walking and wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes can increase the pain.
Morton’s Neuroma causes sharp burning pain in the ball and forefront of the foot that becomes worse when walking. People with Morton’s Neuroma describe it as feeling like a stone or small marble that causes great discomfort when standing or walking.
Do You Have Morton’s Neuroma?
If you have been experiencing severe pain in the ball or forefront of the foot for more than a month it may be necessary to visit a neuroma clinic for a physical examination. A physician will apply pressure to the bottom of the foot and the toes to determine the level of pain. Several other factors such as arthritis, inflammation and a stress fracture can be ruled out during the examination and an X-ray may be required to rule out any other causes.
What Causes Foot Neuromas?
Contributing factors that cause the formation of a neuroma of the foot include:
- improper footwear
- nerve tissue trauma
- foot deformities such as flat-foot
- repeated foot stress in certain occupations
- peripheral neuropathy in diabetics
- a pinched nerve
To prevent the formation of a neuroma appropriate footwear should be worn with protective padding for the ball of the foot and wide enough to allow the toes room to spread out, especially in occupations such as nursing where a lot of walking takes place. Avoid wearing pointed toe shoes or narrow box toe shoes on a regular basis as well high heels that throw the weight of the body onto the ball of the foot. Women are much more likely to get neuromas than men possibly because of their tendency to constantly wear narrow pointed and high heeled shoes.
The Center for Morton’s Neuroma (https://www.mortonsneuroma.com) will help develop a comprehensive multi-disciplinary plan including physical therapy, medication and guided procedures such as ultrasound to treat and heal Morton’s Neuroma. Only when there is no relief of symptoms from non-surgical approaches will we resort to surgery.
A treatment plan will typically include the use of orthotics with special soft pads to relieve foot and toe pressure that places stress on the affected nerve. Steroid injections will help reduce inflammation and swelling.
Our wide range of treatments include:
- Custom made and medical grade orthotics
- Radiofrequency and cryotherapy ablatio
- Neurolytic Injections
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma injections
- Neuroma surgery
There are certain things that can be done at home to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling and inflammation while you are undergoing treatment. These include wearing special shoes with enough room for the toes to spread out and avoiding narrow, high-heeled shoes; applying cold packs; elevating and resting the feet; reducing strenuous activities such as sports that can place pressure on the toes; regular massage to relax the muscles and improve blood circulation.