Morton’s neuroma is a common foot condition that is often described as feeling like you have something in your shoe under the ball of your foot. The actual cause of this problem is a nerve condition. Morton’s neuroma is frequently a result of injury and pressure that pushes on the nerves that connect to your toes.
Women who wear high heeled shoes are more susceptible to developing neuromas and other foot problems due to the extreme pressure that pumps put on their feet. High-stress activities like sports and running are also risk factors for this condition.
Treatments for Morton’s neuroma include the following:
Proper shoes with orthotic inserts—Always have your shoes properly fitted and choose a wider toe box to allow your toes enough room to move. A wider shoe also allows the placement of custom-molded orthotic inserts that can redistribute pressure away from the interdigital nerve.
Alter activity level—Taking it easy or temporarily stopping sports and other strenuous activities will give the nerves time to heal.
Decrease swelling—Applying a cold pack to the area for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day and taking ibuprofen will decrease pain and inflammation.
Steroid treatments—These injections often can provide relief. However, there is some indication that they may cause side effects that you should review with your foot doctor.
If you suspect that you may have a foot neuroma, consult with your podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.