A benign growth called a neuroma can form around a nerve in various locations of your body. When it forms between the middle toes it is referred to as a Morton’s neuroma and is frequently described as feeling like you have a pebble in your shoe. At first, the growth may not even be that noticeable but as it increases in size it causes an uncomfortable bump often between the third and fourth toes.
Stress and pressure are contributing factors to the growth of a neuroma and wearing properly fitted shoes with orthotic inserts can treat and help prevent the problem, so see your foot doctor
Some of the treatments available for a Morton’s neuroma include the following:
- Make sure you have properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Poorly fitting footwear can be a contributing cause of many foot issues, including nerve growths. See your foot doctor to determine your foot type and to determine which custom orthotic inserts are right for you.
- Change to another exercise activity—By switching to another activity that takes the stress off the affected foot you will give the inflamed neuroma time to heal.
- Reduce swelling and pain—While resting, a cold compress applied to the area of the ball of the foot for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day will reduce swelling and pain. OTC meds may also help.
- Steroid medications—Steroids injected directly into the location will provide immediate relief and will require several treatments but talk to your foot doctor about possible side effects.
If you don’t have a pebble in your shoe and you suspect that you may have a neuroma, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), 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.