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A neuroma is an enlargement of tissue around a nerve that can cause pain and discomfort. In the case of Morton’s neuroma, a growth of tissue occurs around a nerve that is between the third and fourth toes. The thickening can feel like you have something in your shoe. The pain, numbing and tingling sensations that are often experienced with a neuroma can make it hard to wear shoes and to walk or exercise.
3 simple treatments for Morton’s neuroma include the following:
1) Wearing properly fitted shoes—Properly fitted shoes with ample toe room and a lower heel cup will help relieve pressure and allow the nerve to heal.
2) Custom orthotic shoe inserts— These inserts precisely fit your feet and are used to lift and separate the metatarsal bones which will decrease the pressure on the nerve.
3) Anabolic steroid therapy—Steroids can have a rapid effect in decreasing inflammation and nerve compression but may have side effects.
When nerve conditions like Morton’s neuroma are left untreated, the condition can become chronic and irreversible damage may occur. People who have bunions or hammertoes are also more at risk for developing a foot neuroma.
Discomfort in your forefoot may also be caused by diseases like arthritis or from an injury like a stress fracture, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.