The pain caused by Morton’s neuroma is typically experienced at the ball of the foot. Many have described the sensation as feeling like they have a pebble stuck in their shoe. Because of this, those with the condition may find walking to be more difficult and uncomfortable. They may also experience a numbing or burning sensation in the foot. One of the most common factors that influence the development of Morton’s neuroma is improper footwear. Those who generally wear tightly fitted shoes or shoes with higher heels are more at risk at getting Morton’s neuroma. Having a foot abnormality may also increase the risk of getting this condition, as it may cause instability, thus adding more pressure onto the nerves of the foot. Certain foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat flat feet have also been known to lead to Morton’s neuroma if not treated promptly.

Athletes have a tendency of getting Morton’s neuroma due to repetitive motions and pressure placed on the ball of the foot while running or jumping. Morton’s neuroma may also develop as a result of an injury to the foot. 

To learn more about Morton’s neuroma and treatments that work best for your case, consult with your podiatrist.

Neuroma Q & A

What does a neuroma feel like?

The most common sign of a neuroma is pain between your toes when you walk or run. You may also feel like there is a pebble in your shoe or something’s stuck inside your sock when you walk or stand. Neuromas can cause a burning sensation in your foot along with numbness and tingling between your toes that extends into the ball of your foot.

What causes neuromas?

The exact cause of neuromas is unknown, though certain factors can lead to the growth of neuromas, including:

  • Biomechanical deformities in your feet, like flat feet, high arches, or hammertoes
  • Trauma that causes damage to the nerve in your foot
  • Improper footwear that causes your toes to be squeezed together
  • Repeated stress from running, walking, or standing for long periods

These factors put pressure on the nerves in your foot and can lead to inflammation or friction that encourages a neuroma to develop.

How do podiatrists diagnose neuromas?

At Nashville Podiatry, the team first discusses your symptoms with you and then examines the foot with the suspected neuroma. Your provider may press on your foot and move the joints in your foot, which can increase your discomfort. In some cases, your provider may take X-rays of your foot to rule out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms, such as a stress fracture or bony abnormality.

How do podiatrists treat neuromas? Treatment for neuromas rarely requires surgery. Conservative treatments for neuromas include:

  • Wearing thick-soled shoes with a wide toe box
  • Padding and taping the ball of the foot to protect the area
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections
  • Custom orthotics

These treatments aim to address the bio-mechanical issues and inflammation that lead to the development of neuromas. If conservative measures aren’t enough or your neuroma is causing severe discomfort, your provider may recommend minor surgery to remove it. Find out if a neuroma is causing the nerve pain in your foot by scheduling an exam online at Nashville Podiatry or calling the office now.

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