There are nerves in the foot referred to as plantar digital nerves. The foot condition known as Morton’s neuroma affects the nerves that run between the third and fourth toes. This nerve can become compressed from wearing shoes that are tight in the toe area, for example, high heels. Foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes may also lead to the development of Morton's neuroma. This condition may also occur if there has been a foot or nerve injury, weakness in the foot muscles, or from standing for extended periods. Relief may be found when the pressure that affected the nerve is ceased. This can be accomplished by wearing flat shoes, shoes with a low heel, or cushioned insoles. In severe cases, to eliminate the pain, surgery may be necessary to remove the nerve. If you have Morton’s neuroma, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can determine what the best type of treatment is for you.
Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.
What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?
- Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
- Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
- Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities
Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.
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