Do You Have a Neuroma in Your Foot?
What is a Foot Neuroma?
A neuroma in the foot is often referred to as a Morton’s Neuroma. It is 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. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb. Some patient’s also state that they feel as though they are walking on a marble.
What Causes Neuromas in Feet?
A neuroma is caused by a constriction/irritation of the “common plantar digital nerve” that runs in the webspace of the toes. High heeled shoes, or tight narrow shoes can compress the foot in such a way that puts pressure on the nerves in your feet. Trauma to the foot can also cause a neuroma. Also, it usually develops in between the 3rd and 4th toes. The condition is more common in women, but can occur in men as well.
A Podiatrist will examine your affected foot. They will squeeze the foot and listen for a palpable “click” called a Moulder’s sign. This test may also re-create the sensation the patient feels when the neuroma is aggravated. Xrays are often taken to rule out any bony issues that may also be creating pain in the area.
- Injections: Corticosteroids can reduce the swelling and inflammation of the nerve, relieving pain temporarily and often long term.
- Orthotics: If a neuroma is caused by the biomechanics of a patient’s foot type, orthotics can be beneficial to hold the foot in more corrected position to reduce pressure on the affected area.
- Avoiding high heels and tight shoes can give the nerve time to heal, and the pain may resolve permanently if treated in this manner.
- Surgery: Removal of the neuroma and cutting of any ligaments that may be pressing on the nerve is an option for some patients who have no relief with conservative treatment methods.
If you are suffering from a neuroma, visit us at Innovative Foot and Ankle. Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Rallatos, Dr. Gonzales, Dr. Visperas and Dr. Anthony are all trained in the available conservative and surgical treatment options. We have offices located throughout the northern New Jersey area in Kenilworth, Bayonne, Little Ferry and Montclair.