Morton’s neuroma is a condition which involves the thickening of the tissue around many of the nerves that are leading up to your toes. The symptoms of this condition, which is also known as foot neuroma, can include sharp, burning pains in your feet, as well as stinging, burning sensations.
This condition can be quite painful. Foot neuroma typically affects the ball of the foot and the areas between the third and fourth toes. It can sometimes feel like you are standing on a stone, but the sensation refuses to go away.
There is some idea that the condition can be linked to the frequent wearing of high heels. For many people, switching to lower healed toes and ones with bigger toe boxes can be helpful. Others find that corticosteroid injections can help to reduce the pain.
Morton’s neuroma is something that can go away if it is caught quickly and if corrective measures are taken, but not everyone experiences relief just by changing their footwear. For some, corrective treatment is needed. The Center for Morton’s Neeuroma (www.mortonsneuroma.com) can offer people help and advice, and get them the treatment that they need.
In most cases, the condition only surfaces in adults. It is a serious condition, and it is something that you will need to treat otherwise it can become chronic. It can be surprisingly debilitating. The condition can affect one foot or both feet. Women tend to suffer from it more often than men – partly because they are more likely to spend a lot of time wearing high heeled shoes. Men do sometimes develop the condition though. It can often be associated with runners if they do a lot of long distance running or if they wear the wrong shoes.
If you develop the condition, then you should go to a GP and tell them what problem they are having with your feet, how long you have had the problem, and what shoes you normally wear. They will be able to give you advice.
For the vast majority of people, the condition can be treated with non-surgical interventions. Things like wearing orthotics or a fresh set of well-fitting footwear can help. Taking painkillers offers temporary relief. Someone who is overweight can often find relief if they lose some weight – but they will need to improve their footwear as well.
In a small minority of cases, surgical invention will be necessary, but it should never be the first recourse. Surgical intervention can involve clearing space around the nerve or even removing part of the nerve so that the pain stops (but a part of the foot will become numb if you do this).
With any form of surgery there is some risk that you will end up with serious problems and side effects. In the short term you could experience swelling and pain, and there is an infection risk as well. So, be careful with this. The outcome is positive in the vast majority of cases though.