Pain in the ball of your foot or between your toes could be a Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue caused by compression or irritation. Hani Saeed, DPM, and the team at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado, can evaluate your foot to determine if you have a neuroma that’s responsible for your dysfunction and discomfort. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about Morton’s neuromas and treatment options.
A Morton’s neuroma, sometimes called an intermetatarsal neuroma, appears between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas are thickening of nerve tissue that can occur in other locations of the foot, too. They cause pain and tingling that can range from mild to disabling.
Thickening and enlargement of the nerves occurs due to compression and irritation. Neuromas are often caused by wearing the wrong shoes. High heels or shoes with a tapered toe box compress the toes and make a neuroma more likely to form. If you have a foot deformity, such as bunions, hammertoes, or flatfoot, you’re also at risk of developing a neuroma.
Repetitive irritation may also contribute to the development of neuromas. This includes running or frequent play on the court (tennis, basketball, etc.) An injury or another type of trauma to the area may also lead to a neuroma.
Symptoms of a neuroma include the following sensations on the bottom of your foot:
Sometimes, a neuroma creates the sensation that you have a sock bunched up in your shoe or that something is stuck inside your foot. Although symptoms start out mildly, they progress and become more severe with time. Without treatment, a neuroma can cause permanent nerve damage.
Treatment for your neuroma depends on the severity of your case. If you’ve caught a neuroma in its early stages, padding, icing, or orthotic devices can help. You’ll also need to back off activities that put pressure on the neuroma until the symptoms improve. Switch to more supportive footwear and avoid heels or tapered shoes.
The team at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center sometimes recommends over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections to temporarily ease the pain of neuromas. Persistent neuromas that cause pain and are unresponsive to conservative treatment might require surgery.
If you have nerve pain in your foot that suggests a neuroma, don’t delay in seeking treatment from the expert team at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center. Call the office today or book a consultation online to learn more about your treatment options.