A neuroma, also known as Morton’s neuroma, is a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot – most commonly between the third and fourth toes. It is due to a benign tumor growth on the nerve tissue. While this condition is not life-threatening, it requires treatment to prevent any further nerve damage.
Causes and Symptoms of Neuromas
Podiatrists have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of neuromas, but several contributing factors have been identified. One of them is biomechanical foot deformities, such as high arches and flat feet, which cause instability to the joints in the feet. Also, foot trauma, improper footwear, and occupations that require long hours on your feet have all been linked to neuromas.
Common symptoms of neuromas include pain, a tingling sensation, or numbness between the toes or on the balls of the feet. Another telltale sign is increased foot pain when standing or walking.
Treatment Options for Neuromas
A podiatrist can diagnose neuromas by conducting a full examination and taking X-rays of your feet. A variety of neuroma treatment options are available. These include padding, shoe inserts, or custom orthotics to provide extra support for your feet. Anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections may help relieve acute pain and inflammation.
If none of these non-invasive methods work, neuroma surgery may be required. This is done as an outpatient procedure to remove the inflamed or enlarged nerve or to relieve pressure on the nerve by cutting the ligament that compresses it. Recovery from neuroma surgery takes about two to four weeks and tends to provide significant pain relief.
Schedule an appointment for Neuroma Treatment
To learn more about Morton’s neuromas and discuss available treatment options with one of our highly skilled podiatrists, call Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care to schedule a consultation at the location nearest you or you can request one online.