Morton’s Neuroma Treatment
Have you ever heard people complain of feeling as if they are walking on marbles? This is especially common among women who wear high heels, distance runners, dancers and athletes in high-impact sports who aren’t using proper footwear.
This condition is referred to as metatarsalgia, or Morton’s neuroma. Left untreated, the pain may worsen and even spread to your hips and back.
Morton’s neuroma or Metatarsalgia is the inflammation of your metatarsals, located on the balls of your feet.
The metatarsals are subject to a great deal of force when you or land on the front of your foot. A little massage and plenty of rest usually resolves the pain but if the pain persists even after rest and changing your shoes, it could be a sign of metatarsalgia.
Morton’s neuroma is an inflammation of the nerve, or a thickening of the tissue around the nerve that leads to your toes.
It is a cycle. Metatarsalgia is stress to the metatarsals which can cause fibrous growth around the nerve, irritating the nerve and causing neuroma. And a neuroma causes metatarsal stress, further causing or aggravating metatarsalgia.
Metatarsalgia can be easily treated with conservative treatments of rest, custom orthotics, supportive shoes and activity modification. In rare cases, you may need foot surgery to realign your metatarsal bones.
Symptoms of Morton’s neuroma
- feeling of having a pebble in your shoe or walking on stones, or as if you have a fold in your sock
- intense, burning or stinging pain in the ball of the foot
- intense pain that gets worse the longer you stand, walk, run
- pain that disappears with rest or when you remove your shoes
- a sharp shooting pain that seems to radiate to your toes
- numbness and/or tingling in your toes
Morton’s neuroma causes
The following can cause neuroma.
- Intense training and high-impact sports
- Sports/activities that require tight shoes, like skiing, rock climbing, ballet, soccer
- Wearing high heels
- Foot conditions that put extra pressure on the metatarsals, such as high arches, flatfeet, hammer toe, bunions at the bottom of the feet
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Untreated stress fractures
Treatments for Morton’s neuroma
Treatment depends on how the severity of your symptoms –
- Avoid high heels.
- Wear shoes with a wide toe box.
- Physical therapy and strength training for the foot
- Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) for pain relief
- Custom orthotics for foot support
- Cortisone or steroid injections
- Ligament decompression
- Foot surgery
If you are looking for the best foot treatment or an experienced foot doctor in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, call Oasis Foot and Ankle Clinicat 602-993-2700 Now. Oasis Foot and Ankle Centers offer cutting edge surgical and nonsurgical treatments for foot and ankle conditions and injuries.
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