A Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of nerves that develops between the third and fourth toes in the ball of the foot. The condition typically results in irritation and compression of nerves that can lead to permanent damage, so it is very important to visit Dallas podiatrist Dr. Kennedy Legel, DPM with Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists as quickly as you can. Here are the causes and symptoms of the problem, as well as treatment options.
Causes of a Morton’s Neuroma
A Morton’s neuroma can develop due to a number of different causes. For example, shoes with high heels that compress the toes, or shoes with tapered toe boxes can lead to the problem. Also, if you have hammertoe, bunions or flat feet, or if you have feet that are more flexible than normal, you may be at a higher risk. Repetitive activities that irritate the ball of the foot can also be the culprit, such as playing tennis.
Morton’s Neuroma Symptoms
There are several telltale signs that you may be developing a Morton’s neuroma. Pain, numbness, burning and tingling are common symptoms, as is a feeling that you have something in the ball of your foot. Many people report feeling like there is a sock bunched up in their shoe.
Symptoms begin gradually at first in most instances, usually occurring only when a person is wearing shoes with narrow toes. They may subside after massaging the foot or stopping the activity that is aggravating the problem. However, symptoms usually worsen over time and become more intense as the neuroma gets larger and causes more nerve damage.
Treatments for a Morton’s Neuroma
If you are showing signs of a Morton’s neuroma, it is important that you contact your foot doctor as soon as possible so that a treatment plan can be devised. First, your doctor will perform a thorough examination to determine how long the problem has been developing. The treatment you receive will depend on how severe the problem has become.
If you only have a mild or moderate case, for instance, your doctor may recommend more conservative options. These include extra padding in your shoe, an orthotic device, medication to help reduce inflammation or an injection to reduce symptoms.
There are some cases, however, where surgery may be needed if conservative treatments are ineffective. Procedures typically include either removing the damaged nerve or releasing it. Your recovery time will depend on what type of procedure is performed.
Contact Us About Morton’s Neuroma
Please contact the professionals with Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists as soon as possible if you are experiencing symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma. The sooner you receive treatment, the lower the risks of suffering permanent nerve damage. Contact us online or call (214) 366-4600 to schedule an appointment.