Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey
Podiatry located in Cherry Hill, NJ
that radiates out your toes, you may have Morton’s neuroma. This condition can make walking unbearable and interfere with daily activities. The skilled podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey can relieve the pain of Morton’s neuroma so it won’t affect your quality of life. To learn more, call the office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.
Morton's Neuroma Q & A
What is Morton’s neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a chronic condition in which the tissue surrounding a nerve in your toes thickens. The thickened mass creates pressure on the nerve, so it becomes irritated, causing pain and other symptoms. Morton’s neuroma typically develops between the third and fourth toes along the ball of your foot.
What causes Morton’s neuroma?
Common factors that can contribute to Morton’s neuroma include:
- Wearing high heels or tight shoes
- High-impact sports such as running
- Flat feet
Morton’s neuroma isn’t usually a serious medical concern, but it can be painful and prevent you from participating in daily activities and exercise.
What are the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma?
If you feel like there is a lump or pebble in your foot when you step down, you may have Morton’s neuroma. Other common symptoms associated with the condition include:
- Stabbing pains
- Burning sensations
You may feel these symptoms in the ball of your foot. They may also radiate out to the ends of your toes along the path of your nerve.
How does a podiatrist diagnose Morton’s neuroma?
In order to diagnose Morton’s neuroma, the highly trained podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey will perform an evaluation of your foot, review your medical history, and take an X-ray. Your podiatrist may order additional tests, such as diagnostic ultrasound, to accurately determine the cause of your symptoms.
How is Morton’s neuroma treated?
Your Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey expert will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Treatment options may include:
- Prescription orthotics
- Corticosteroid injections
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Changes in footwear
Typically, conservative therapy will alleviate the discomfort of Morton’s neuroma. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on your nerve.
The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey are experienced foot surgeons who can safely perform surgery to end your struggles with Morton’s neuroma. Decompression surgery, in which the soft tissue that’s irritating the nerve is removed, is a simple procedure with excellent outcomes. For severe cases, surgery to remove the nerve itself is required.
If you’re having symptoms of Morton’s neuroma, call Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey today to schedule an evaluation, or make an appointment online.
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