What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that causes pain in the ball of the foot. This condition often feels like having a pebble stuck in your shoe. Morton’s neuroma will not go away on its own, but there are treatment options.
What are the Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma typically occurs between the 3rd and the 4th toe. If you have this condition, you may have foot pain or burning pain that radiates to the toes or tingling and numbness. This pain may even feel similar to having a pebble in your shoe.
What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?
The cause for Morton’s neuroma is unknown, however, there are certain factors that may put someone at risk for developing the condition.
Risk Factors for Developing Morton’s Neuroma
- Wearing certain types of shoes- high heels or shoes that don’t fit properly can lead to an increased risk in developing Morton’s neuroma.
- Doing certain activities- activities that involve frequent foot use like running can increase your risk for developing this condition.
- Pre-existing food conditions- if you already suffer from foot pain, flat feet, bunions, or other foot conditions, you may be at risk of developing Morton’s neuroma.
Can Morton’s Neuroma go away on its own?
Morton’s neuroma will not go away on its own, however, symptoms can subside from time to time.
How is Morton’s Neuroma Treated?
If you think you may have Morton’s neuroma, seek help from a foot specialist near you. Depending on the severity of your condition, your foot doctor may recommend conservative or surgical treatment.
What are my Conservative Treatment Options?
For this condition, a foot doctor may recommend:
- New shoes
- Arch support inserts
- Activity modifications
What are my Surgical Treatment Options?
If symptoms do not dissolve, an orthopedist specializing in the foot may recommend surgery to remove the damaged part of the nerve.
At Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, our foot surgeons will always evaluate conservate treatment as the leading option; however, they may recommend surgery if conservative treatment proves ineffective.
Can Morton’s Neuroma be Prevented?
This condition can’t always be prevented, however wearing proper fitting shoes, wearing high heels less, and getting new shoes every year may help reduce your risk.
Visit a Foot Doctor Near You
If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s neuroma or general foot pain, seek help from a foot specialist in your area.
At Elite Sports Medicine, we have foot specialists in Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, TN! Call us or request an appointment online to get back on track to a pain-free life.