MORTON’S NEUROMA TREATMENT
Morton’s Neuroma treatment will often vary, depending on the severity of a patient’s condition. Insoles and orthoses are indicated but also, in some cases, injections may be helpful for alleviating pain. Another form of treatment is decompression surgery, in which a podiatrist will work to reduce the pressure on the nerve tissue. In more severe cases, full removal of the nerve would be required.
If you would like more information about treatment in London, please consult our podiatrist at City Foot Health for a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a common foot condition and may develop when the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your foot begins to thicken. When this occurs, you may experience some discomfort as if you were standing on a pebble stuck in your shoe.
Most symptoms will not appear outwardly and will be experienced in the form of sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot, as well as a stinging or burning feeling in the toes that may sometimes lead to numbness.
What causes Morton's Neuroma?
Some factors that contribute to the formation of Morton’s neuroma include wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes that put extra pressure on your toes or the balls of your feet. There has also been a tie to the development of and certain high-impact sporting activities. Activities you may want to avoid participating in too frequently include both jogging and running. Too much repetitive trauma can cause a strain on the feet and increase the chances of developing a foot complication. Other sports that require the use of tightly worn shoes, such as skiing or rock climbing, may also increase your chances of getting it.
Certain foot deformities can also lead to its development. Some of these deformities that increase the likelihood of getting this condition include bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet.
At City Foot Health, our podiatrist will assess diagnose neuromas and recommend suitable treatment plans.
Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's Neuroma symptoms can vary widely amongst patients. Some patients describe shooting pains from the ball of the foot through the toes, while others describe the sensation of having a stone in their shoe or walking on a razor blade. Pain may not always be constant - Morton’s Neuroma pain can be intermittent and disappear as quickly as it came.
Symptoms are often aggravated by wearing tight-fitting shoes, prolonged weight-bearing, and walking on uneven terrain or even cobbled streets. Removing the foot from the shoe can often relieve neuroma pain. Morton's Neuroma treatment is often required quickly rather than waiting it out.
The most common Morton's Neuroma symptoms include:
- Pain in the forefoot or ball of the foot, affecting one or two of the lesser toes. Usually the 3rd and 4th toes, but can occur with the 2nd and 3rd toes.
- A painful sensation that may radiate to the top of the foot.
- The pain may be intermittent in nature and can often disappear as quickly as it occurs.
- The pain in the foot or toes is often sharp, burning, or cramping in nature.
- The pain may radiate into the tip of the toes, or up the feet and legs.
- The pain is often aggravated by wearing tight-fitting shoes, or by prolonged weight-bearing, such as long walks, or extended period of running or exercise
- Removing the shoes from the foot, or offloading the foot will often relieve the pain.
Morton's neuroma symptoms can either be intermittent and felt as infrequently as every few months, or consistent and apparent to the patient every day.
Morton's Neuroma Treatment in London
At City Foot Health, our podiatrists will assess and diagnosis Morton’s Neuroma and design a treatment plan tailored to the patient.
Treatment options include:
- Orthotic therapy
- Footwear advice
- Injection therapy
Morton's Neuroma Treatment: Surgical treatment
Surgery is normally a day case procedure, performed under a general anaesthetic, with a post-operative local anaesthetic administered in the foot to minimise pain. A minuscule incision is made between the toes, either to make more space around the nerve by taking away the neighbouring tissue or to remove a portion of the nerve itself, which will result in the area between your toes becoming permanently numb.
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