Morton’s neuroma is a common condition that causes pain in the ball of your foot. This pain most often occurs in the area between the third and fourth toes. The feeling is often compared to that of having a small rock—or marble—stuck in your shoe. A neuroma is a small benign tumor of a nerve—although Morton’s neuroma is not actually a tumor. Instead, it is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the nerves that lead to the toes.
Causes and Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton
Ill-fitting shoes—such as ones that squeeze toes together or distribute weight unevenly—are thought to be the main cause of Morton’s neuroma. Those suffering from this condition often find relief by changing shoes, stopping their walk, or by rubbing the affected area.
While poor shoe choice is usually the main cause of Morton’s neuroma, there are a number of other factors that can contribute to its development, including:
- Biomechanical deformities
- Repeated stress
In most cases, there are no outward symptoms related to Morton’s neuroma, but most people experience a burning pain in the ball of their foot, tingling or numbness in the toes after a long period of stress, or the feeling of walking on a pebble in your shoe. When pain persists for more than a few days and you suspect it might be Morton’s neuroma, contact our podiatrists in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton to discuss your treatment options.
Boynton Beach and Boca Raton Morton’s Neuroma Treatment
To diagnose Morton’s neuroma, Dr. Pinsky, Dr. Greissman, or Dr. Aedo will perform a physical exam, where they will feel around for a mass or tender spot. Some imaging tests—like x-rays or an ultrasound—may be ordered to rule out any other causes of your foot pain.
In most cases, Morton’s neuroma can be treated with non-surgical and non-invasive methods, such as:
- Changes in footwear
- Custom orthotics
- Cortisone injections
- Anti-inflammatory medications
If conservative approaches don’t relieve symptoms, our Boynton Beach, FL or Boca Raton, FL podiatrists may recommend surgical treatment. These procedures may include the option of relieving pressure from the nerve by cutting the nearby structures, known as decompression surgery.
Dr. Pinsky, Dr. Greissman or Dr. Aedo, our Boynton Beach and Boca Raton podiatrists, may also recommend removing the affected nerve altogether. The treatment our podiatrists choose depends on the severity of your symptoms. Contact us at Family Foot Center to learn more about your options.