Morton’s Neuroma Treatment
A Morton’s neuroma usually presents as a “burning” or “sharp” pain, commonly in the area of the ball of the foot. A Morton’s neuroma exists when the nerve that runs between the metatarsal bones in your foot becomes swollen and irritated.
Although it can happen to any of your toes, the 3rd and 4th toes are usually the most affected. Tingling or numbness that runs into the toes corresponding with the affected area can occur. Friction and pressure from these bones on the nerve causes it to become painful and inflamed. Increases in activity usually worsen the symptoms as does being on the feet for a long time.
Poor footwear, biomechanical problems, or a flat arch and certain activities or injuries are some of the predisposing factors for a Morton’s neuroma.
A diagnosis can usually be made clinically by a podiatrist, but in some cases an ultrasound scan is needed to make a definitive diagnosis as well as to establish the position and size of the neuroma. Modifications or additions to footwear, barefoot rehabilitation training to strengthen intrinsic muscles of the feet, orthotics to correct biomechanical problems, anti-inflammatory agent and changing shoe styles are some of the treatment modalities available for this condition. In very server cases, an ultrasound guided cortisone injection may be necessary and the last resort is surgery.
Please contact our Carousel Podiatry clinic in Cannington if you would like to find out more!