Does it feel as if a pebble is stuck in your shoe, yet nothing drops out when you shake the shoe? Morton's neuroma, a common foot condition, may be responsible for your pain. Podiatrist Dr. Matthew John of Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, discusses the condition and explains treatment options.
How does a neuroma occur?
Neuromas are non-cancerous growths that form as a result of the thickening of tissue around a nerve. The growths usually appear between the third and fourth toes and can be felt when you stand, walk or wear shoes.
What are the symptoms of a neuroma?
Putting pressure on your neuroma when you walk, stand or run can send burning pain shooting from the ball of your foot to your toes. If you must stand or walk for long periods of time, you may notice that the front part of your foot tingles or feels numb. Swelling between the toes can also occur.
How did I get a neuroma?
Your choice of footwear may be responsible for your neuroma. Wearing shoes that place pressure on your front of your foot, such as tight shoes or high heels, can cause the condition. People who've had a recent foot injury or have bunions, hammertoe or flat feet or high arches are more likely to develop a neuroma. Runners are at increased risk, particularly those who use starting blocks that require them to push off with their toes.
How are neuromas treated?
Relieving pressure on your toes is the first step in reducing pain. When you visit a shoe store, look for footwear that not only offers ample room for your toes but also provides plenty of cushioning. The higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the front of your foot. It's best to buy shoes with heels that are 2 inches in height or less.
A visit to our Marietta, GA office can be helpful if changing your shoes doesn't decrease your pain. During your visit, you may be taught how to pad and tape your feet to relieve pain. Orthotics may also be recommended. The custom-made shoes inserts decrease pressure on your foot and improve the alignment of your bones. Anti-inflammatory medication or a corticosteroid injection may be recommended to ease your painful symptoms. Often alcohol sclerosing injections can provide significant relief by shrinking the neuroma. Surgery to remove the inflamed nerve isn't usually needed but may be recommended if conservative treatment options aren't helpful.
Do you suffer from neuroma pain? Call Podiatrist Dr. Matthew John of Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, at (770) 977-3668 to schedule your appointment.