Morton’s Neuroma

Understanding and Treating Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a common foot condition characterized by nerve compression and subsequent thickening, typically occurring between the third and fourth toes. This painful condition can significantly impact your daily activities and overall quality of life. At Austin Foot & Ankle Center, we specialize in diagnosing and managing neuromas, offering a range of treatments to alleviate your symptoms.

Causes of Morton’s Neuroma

The primary trigger for Morton’s neuroma is compression of the nerve, often resulting from:

  • Tight-Fitting Shoes: Footwear that constricts the toes can exacerbate nerve compression.
  • Specific Foot Structures: Certain foot shapes or deformities can predispose individuals to developing neuromas.

Symptoms to Look Out For

Morton’s Neuroma is a foot condition that can significantly impact daily activities due to the discomfort and pain it causes. Understanding the full spectrum of symptoms associated with Morton’s Neuroma is crucial for early detection and effective management. Here’s a detailed look at the symptoms experienced by individuals with this condition:

Primary Symptoms

  • Tingling Sensation: Initially, there may be tingling in the toes or the ball of the foot, signaling nerve irritation.
  • Numbness: As the condition progresses, numbness becomes more pronounced in the affected area, particularly between the third and fourth toes.
  • Sharp, Shooting Pain: Often described as an electric shock-like sensation, this pain can radiate from the ball of the foot to the toes.
  • Burning Sensation: A persistent burning feeling in the ball of the foot that can be exacerbated by physical activity or wearing tight shoes.

Physical Sensations

  • Feeling of Standing on a Pebble: Many describe the sensation as walking with a small stone stuck in their shoe, localized in the ball of the foot.
  • Localized Swelling: There might be noticeable swelling in the area of pain, making shoe wear uncomfortable.

Symptom Triggers

  • Pressure: Symptoms are often triggered by pressure applied to the foot, such as when wearing tight, narrow shoes or during physical activities that involve significant foot movement.
  • Activity: Walking, running, or standing for extended periods can exacerbate the symptoms, with relief typically occurring upon resting.

Symptom Variability

  • Intermittent Symptoms: Initially, symptoms may come and go, often related to shoe choice or activity level.
  • Symptom Progression: Without treatment, symptoms can become constant and more severe, affecting daily activities and quality of life.

Secondary Effects

  • Altered Gait: To avoid pain, individuals may change their walking pattern, potentially leading to secondary pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, or back.
  • Avoidance of Activities: Due to discomfort, people might start avoiding activities that trigger their symptoms, impacting their physical health and lifestyle.

Diagnosing Morton’s Neuroma

A thorough evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon is essential for an accurate diagnosis. At Austin Foot & Ankle Center, our specialists conduct comprehensive assessments, including clinical examinations and radiographic evaluations, to pinpoint the presence and extent of a neuroma.

Morton's Neuroma

Tailored Treatment Options

Our approach to treating Morton’s neuroma focuses on relieving pressure on the nerve and reducing symptoms without surgery whenever possible. Treatment strategies may include:

  • Custom Orthotics: Specially designed inserts can help redistribute pressure and reduce nerve compression.
  • Footwear Advice: Choosing shoes with a wider toe box and adequate support can alleviate symptoms.
  • Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises can strengthen the foot and reduce discomfort.
  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to manage pain and swelling.

In cases where non-surgical treatments do not provide relief, surgical options to remove the neuroma or release the nerve may be considered. Our foot and ankle surgeons will discuss all available treatments to determine the best course of action for your specific condition.

Take the First Step Toward Relief

If you’re experiencing foot pain or suspect you may have Morton’s neuroma, don’t wait for the condition to worsen. Contact Austin Foot & Ankle Center today to schedule a consultation with our expert team. We’re committed to providing personalized care and advanced treatments to help you return to pain-free living. Let us help you take the first step towards healthier feet and a more active lifestyle.

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