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Morton’s Neuroma is a painful and uncomfortable condition that affects the ball of the foot, most commonly in between the third and fourth toes. This condition often causes an individual to feel as if he or she is standing on a pebble that’s stuck in their shoe or a fold in their sock.
Symptoms may persist for weeks and intensify as the neuroma grows. Eventually, if left untreated, the thickening of the nerve leads to nerve damage—but discovering Morton’s Neuroma early can prevent the condition from progressing and reduce the potential need for surgery.
The most effective way to prevent Morton’s Neuroma is to avoid excessive irritation, pressure or injury to the foot.Other foot stress factors include:
Morton’s Neuroma symptoms are typically felt, rather than seen, and intensify as the neuroma grows. These symptoms include:
Often times, to diagnose Morton’s Neuroma, doctors will physically evaluate a patient’s foot by pressing on the foot in the affected area to feel for a mass or tender spot. Physicians will also keep an eye out for the presence of a “clicking” feeling between the bones of the foot. Our physicians will use X-rays, ultrasound or an MRI for further diagnosis and to determine the severity of the condition.
After diagnosis, the treatment approach is evaluated. The severity of the Morton’s Neuroma condition determines the treatment method. For early stages or less severe cases, conservative treatment may be used, which involves the use of custom foot orthotics and footpads to lessen the pressure that’s being put on the affected nerve and the balls of the feet. For more severe cases or instances where conservative treatment methods fail, our physicians will use alternative treatment measures to treat Morton’s Neuroma. These methods include: