If you have ever felt pain in the ball of your foot, someone may have suggested that Morton’s neuroma could be the cause. In addition, while there are a number of other potential causes for pain, Morton’s neuroma is one of the most common. Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists finds that patients often get frustrated because relief from the pain can take a significant amount of time.
What Is Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot?
In simple terms, it is an inflamed nerve on the bottom of the foot, between the 3rd and 4th toes. Beginning as simple inflammation, it can cause scar tissue to form around the nerve, and in some cases, the nerve can become enlarged.
This nerve is especially sensitive to too much pressure on the foot and frequently occurs in women who often wear high heels and snug-fitting shoes. Symptoms of this condition can include swelling, pain, tingling, numbness, and or a burning sensation. Some patients claim that it feels like walking on a rolled-up sock.
What Are Non-Surgical Treatment Options?
Treatments differ according to the severity of the condition; some include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation;
- Cushioning the ball of the foot;
- Arch supports to align the foot and remove the pressure on the nerves;
- Medications that decrease inflammation and pain;
- Injection therapy using alcohol.
Morton’s neuroma usually reacts well to more of these more conservative treatments, and surgery can be effective for situations that are more resistant.
Is There a Cure for Morton’s Neuroma?
Like most medical conditions, particular treatments are successful for some patients but not for others. The most important part of treating Morton’s Neuroma correctly is to ensure that the diagnosis is correct and that another condition is not causing the pain. Hammertoes and bunions also transfer weight onto the bottom of the foot and can cause inflammation of the nerves.
The best treatment chosen will be based on your particular lifestyle and the unique requirements of your feet, but the primary key to recovery is to seek experienced care from a foot doctor before the problem develops into a chronic condition, or in some cases, even becomes permanent.
To learn more about Morton’s neuroma and determine if it is causing your foot pain, contact our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, in Bellevue, WA today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation. Your feet will thank you for it!