What could be my problem?
Morton's Neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. It may feel as if you are standing on a pebble that's worked it's way into your shoe or on a fold in your sock. Morton's Neuroma develops due to a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes.
What causes Morton's Neuroma?
- Wearing high heels
- Irritation, pressure, or injury to one of the nerves that lead to your toes
- High-impact athletic activities or repetitive trauma
- Activities that feature tight shoes; such as snow skiing, ballet dancing, skating, etc.
- Foot deformities, bunions, hammertoes, high arches, flat-feet, etc.
When should you see a foot doctor about Morton's Neuroma?
- If you have a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot
- If your toes sting, burn, or feel numb
If I have Morton's Neuroma, what are my treatment options?
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
- Switching from high heels to lower heeled shoes with wider toe boxes
- Corticosteroid injection therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Physical therapy
Surgical Treatment Options
If conservative treatments have not helped, surgical treatments that might be considered are:
- Decompression surgery - Your surgeon will relieve the pressure on the nerve by cutting nearby structures, such as the ligament that binds together some of the bones in the front of the foot.
- Neurectomy - Which is the removal of the nerve. During an neurectomy, an incision is made on the top of the foot and the nerve is carefully removed.