Morton’s Neuroma 101: All The Basics You Need To Know In 2022

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If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t heard of Morton’s neuroma until recently. But it’s something that should be on your radar, especially if you’re active or have a history of foot problems. Morton’s neuroma is a condition caused by compression and irritation of the nerve in the ball of your foot, and it can lead to pain and other symptoms. If you’re curious about Morton’s neuroma and want to learn more about it, read on! Here are the basics that you need to know in 2022!

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.

Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. You may have stinging, burning or numbness in the affected toes.

High-heeled or tight shoes have been linked to the development of Morton’s neuroma. Many people experience relief by switching to lower heeled shoes with wide toe boxes. Sometimes corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.

What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?

You may not see noticeable signs of Morton’s neuroma on your foot. Since it’s not a tumor, you won’t see a lump, for example. You may feel some pain at first, though it tends to start slowly. In the beginning, you can often improve your symptoms by taking your shoe off and massaging your foot.

Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma get worse over time. These symptoms include:

  • Sharp, stinging, or burning pain between the toes when you stand or walk.
  • Swelling between the toes.
  • Tingling (feeling pins and needles) and numbness in your foot.
  • Sense there’s a bunched-up sock or small rock under the ball of your foot.
  • Pain that’s worse when you wear high-heeled shoes or stand on the balls of your feet.

How is Morton’s neuroma diagnosed?

Morton’s neuroma is a common condition that can affect the feet and toes. Those who are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s neuroma may often find it difficult to get an accurate diagnosis, as the condition can mimic symptoms associated with other common foot conditions. The first step in getting an accurate diagnosis for Morton’s neuroma typically involves taking a detailed medical history and a complete physical examination, including a close look at the feet and toes. A doctor may also order specialized imaging tests, such as X-rays or ultrasound scans, to help them gain a better understanding of what is happening in the foot. In addition, patients may also be asked to perform certain tasks or movements during their physical exam, such as stepping full weight onto the foot or flexing their toes up and down repeatedly. Taken together, these tests can help doctors to make an accurate diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma and develop a treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause of the condition.

How is Morton’s neuroma treated?

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the feet, typically causing pain and discomfort in the toes. There are several different treatment options available for this condition, including everything from conservative approaches like stretching and icing to more invasive measures like surgery. The key to the successful treatment of Morton’s neuroma often lies in finding the approach that works best for each patient. For some people, physical therapy can help to manage symptoms, while others may benefit from steroid injections or even surgery. Ultimately, what matters most is finding a method that can effectively relieve the pain and restore function so that you can enjoy your life without suffering.

Surgery is only recommended if Morton’s neuroma does not respond to other treatments. The goal of surgery is to relieve pressure on the nerve by removing the affected tissue. This procedure is typically done as an outpatient procedure and has a high success rate.

Whether you choose invasive or nonsurgical treatment for your Morton’s neuroma, it is important to work with your doctor to find the option that is right for you. With perseverance and hard work, relief from this painful condition is possible.

What are the complications of Morton’s neuroma?

If Morton’s neuroma is left untreated, it can lead to persistent pain and numbness in your foot. In some cases, the condition can also cause balance problems and make it difficult to walk. Morton’s neuroma can also lead to other foot problems, such as bunions or hammertoe.

How can I prevent Morton’s neuroma?

There are several things you can do to prevent Morton’s neuroma, including:

  • Avoiding activities or footwear that put pressure on your foot
  • Wearing supportive shoes with proper cushioning and a low heel
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to reduce the strain on your feet
  • Seeing your doctor if you experience any pain or swelling in your foot

If you’re at risk for Morton’s neuroma, or if you have symptoms of the condition, be sure to see your doctor so that it can be properly diagnosed and treated. With the right care, Morton’s neuroma can be managed successfully and you can get back to your normal activities.

Remember, The 3 Arches of Your Feet Still Need Support!

Maybe you have already felt the first symptoms of balance disorders or you want to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Consider getting a foot orthotic device or simply take care of your feet. Start by washing them thoroughly with a gentle soap whenever you take a shower. Being a very complex support system, your feet are your first line of defense against balance-related issues, since their arches provide you with the stability you need in your daily life. It’s time to put your foot down and push back against balance issues. With both feet on the ground, dedicate yourself to keeping them comfortable and healthy. Give us a call and we will scan your feet to make you custom orthotic inserts.

The Shoe Doctor has specialized in providing custom orthotics for 20 years. The right orthotic insoles can greatly reduce foot, knee and hip pain while increasing performance and comfort. Russell at The Shoe Doctor will help educate and assist you in finding the perfect solution for your particular situation. We will create a 3D map of your feet and make custom orthotics for your hiking boots, everyday shoes, and everything else in between. These orthotics, along with our expert advice, will get you using orthotics like a pro, and have you performing at the peak of your abilities in no time!  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, give The Shoe Doctor a call to get the best custom orthotics in the area! We are here to assist you, schedule your free consultation here!


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