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If you have chronic pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a condition known as Morton’s neuroma. At InStride Family Foot Care, with offices in Salisbury, Albemarle, Monroe, Concord, Wake Forest, and Matthews, and two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can receive prompt diagnostic testing to determine the root cause of your foot pain. The podiatry team offers customized care to ease pain associated with Morton’s neuroma to increase your mobility and your quality of life. Schedule a consultation at the InStride office nearest you by phone or online now.
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves in your feet, most often the nerves located between your third and fourth toe. In general, a neuroma describes a benign growth that can develop anywhere in your body, but Morton's neuroma specifically relates to growths in the feet.
As a result of the growth, pressure is put on the surrounding tissues, which thicken and press on the nerves. This results in persistent pain in the ball of your foot.
A Morton’s neuroma is usually the result of direct trauma from an injury or from pressure due to long periods of standing or physical activity. You may also increase your risk for Morton’s neuroma if you frequently wear high heels.
While you may not be able to feel a lump, you can develop a burning sensation in the ball of the foot that can radiate into your toes. Other common symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma include:
Your pain from a Morton’s neuroma may also worsen if you wear narrow or tight shoes. Pain in the ball of your foot can often last days or weeks without relief.
You should seek a consultation at InStride Family Foot Care if you have persistent pain that isn’t relieved with rest and over-the-counter medications.
During your evaluation, your provider reviews your medical history and takes time to listen to your symptoms. They also perform a comprehensive physical exam of the affected foot, checking for areas of inflammation and pain.
In some cases, imaging tests like X-rays or an ultrasound may be necessary to rule out other conditions that can cause persistent foot pain.
The focus of your treatment plan for Morton’s neuroma is the immediate relief of your pain and the healing of the damaged tissue that causes it. For mild to moderate cases of a Morton’s neuroma, your provider may recommend using padding or orthotic devices in your shoes to support your arch and lessen the pressure on your nerve.
Ice therapy along with rest can also be effective in relieving inflammation and pain.
When pain is severe and not relieved with over-the-counter medication and rest, you may need prescription medications or injection therapy, which delivers anti-inflammatory medicine directly into the injured tissue.
If conventional therapies aren’t enough to treat pain from a Morton’s neuroma, your provider may recommend surgery to repair the tissue or to release or remove the affected nerve.
To schedule an evaluation for symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma, call the InStride Family Foot Care office nearest you or request an appointment online now.