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What Can Be Done About Morton’s Neuroma?

If you experience a burning sensation and pain between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones in the foot, you may have developed a Morton’s neuroma. Though termed a neuroma, which means tumor, it is actually the thickening of the nerve that runs between the two bones and can cause a numbing of the toes above them. Many people also say it feels like there is a pebble in their shoe. This condition is more likely to occur in women and in people between 40 and 50 years old. It is most common in those who have worn high heels or very tight shoes over many years, including ballet dancers and runners. Non-surgical treatments include changing to wider footwear with lower heels and more cushioning and wearing inserts in your shoes. If the pain continues or gets worse, it is wise to consult a podiatrist who will examine your foot and explain other treatment options. Included are injections to numb the area or reduce the pain, custom orthotics and, in some cases, surgery.  

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot Institute. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our 3 locations located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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