What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton's neuroma is characterized by inflammation of a nerve in the foot, resulting in pain and a sensation akin to stepping on a marble. While not tumors, these neuromas involve the thickening of existing nerve tissue.

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Overview

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the nerves in the ball of your foot, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. It's the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve, which can cause irritation and pain.

Symptoms of Morton's neuroma

The symptoms of Morton's neuroma often include pain or discomfort in the ball of the foot, a feeling of having a pebble inside the shoe, and numbness or tingling in the affected toes. The pain may be sharp or burning and tends to worsen with prolonged standing or walking.

Causes

Morton’s Neuroma is usually caused by an irritation or pressure to the nerve. An injury to the nerves may trigger or exacerbate this condition as well. Some causes for Morton’s Neuroma include:

  • Prolonged use of high heels
  • Footwear that is narrow at the toe box
  • High-impact sports involving running and jumping
  • Barefoot running
  • Tight muscles in the legs and hips
  • Trauma

How is Morton's Neuroma managed?

If you suspect you have Morton’s Neuroma, the first step is to alleviate pain. Applying ice to the affected area and taking over-the-counter pain medication can help reduce discomfort. Switching from high heels or tight-fitting shoes to those with a larger toebox can relieve pressure.

If the pain persists, consult a podiatrist who will be able to assess your condition and biomechanics of your feet to determine the appropriate solution.

If pain persists, seeking consultation with a podiatrist is advisable. A podiatrist can assess your condition and foot biomechanics to determine an appropriate solution. Conservative therapies, such as Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT) and Super Inductive System (SIS), may effectively alleviate pain. In cases where pre-existing biomechanical issues, like flat feet, worsen the condition, a podiatrist may prescribe full custom orthotics to prevent further deterioration.

Should conservative options prove ineffective, foot surgery becomes the last resort to remove the neuroma. Consulting with a healthcare professional, particularly a podiatrist, is crucial for accurate diagnosis and tailored management.

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Common Symptoms

Typically no visible signs
Feels like stepping on a pebble or fold in a sock
Burning and tingling sensations
Numbness
Pain may be aggravated by tight-fitting footwear

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A podiatrist will be able to assess your condition and foot biomechanics to decide on the right solution. Early diagnosis and intervention are necessary for managing Morton’s neuroma effectively and also preventing complications. In severe cases, surgery may be required to relieve symptoms and restore normal function.

Inquiry into the patient’s history

Thorough physical examination

Utilisation of diagnostic tests to confirm the condition

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