If your toes hurt, you might wonder if you have Morton’s neuroma. Neuromas are thickened masses of tissue that squeeze nerve tissue. This chronic condition frequently affects the area between the third and fourth toes, and wearing high heels or participating in high-impact sports can make it worse. The good news is that neuromas respond to both conservative and surgical treatment 一 both of which are available here at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey.
In this article, our expert podiatrists highlight five common signs of Morton’s neuroma and how this condition is treated.
Many foot conditions cause pain, and Morton’s neuroma is one of them. In this case, your pain may be accompanied by a burning sensation. The pain is located between your toes and tends to be worse when walking or when you place weight on your foot.
Although it may seem like an oxymoron to experience pain side-by-side with numbness, that’s the reality for Morton's neuroma. Though the area between your toes might hurt, it’s possible to experience numbness and tingling on the ball of your foot. This is a common symptom of pinched nerves, no matter where they’re located in your body.
Another hallmark sign of a pinched nerve, burning sensations are common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma. Peripheral neuropathy can also contribute to burning sensations, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis before embarking on any treatment plan.
Thickened areas of tissues compress your nerves, and it’s this thickened mass that can lead to swelling in your feet, specifically in between your toes. Swelling isn’t limited to Morton’s neuroma. Other conditions that cause swelling include bone fractures and edema.
Perhaps the most unique symptom is the marble-in-the-shoe sensation. If you have Morton’s neuroma, you might feel like you’ve got a pebble or a marble in your shoe, even if you’re walking barefoot.
These conditions aren’t limited to Morton’s neuroma, but if you spot multiple symptoms, you may be on your way to a neuroma diagnosis. Early detection can help you avoid surgical intervention. Neuromas can be diagnosed through a thorough exam, a review of your symptoms, and a review of diagnostic images, such as X-rays.
Potential treatments include:
In addition to these treatment options, make sure that your shoes don’t further agitate your nerves. Choose shoes with a wide toe box that doesn’t squish your toes together. Heels should be flat (or at least less than two inches). After spending all day on your feet, massage and cold compresses can provide additional relief.
If you spot these five symptoms of Morton’s neuroma, schedule an appointment in our Cherry Hill, New Jersey office today. Or simply give us a call at 856-266-9572.