A neuroma is a noncancerous (benign) growth of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of the body. Morton’s neuroma occurs in a nerve in the foot, often between the third and fourth toes. The condition involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toes. Kesler Podiatry is prepared to offer the best treatment for foot neuroma and Morton’s neuroma for patients in Wayne as well as Pompton Lakes, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, NJ, Wyckoff, Fair Lawn, Midland Park, North Haledon, West Caldwell, and Paterson.
Symptoms of Foot Neuroma and Morton’s Neuroma
Morton’s neuroma causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot. Toes also may sting, burn or feel numb. It might feel like there is a pebble in your foot when you walk. People with certain foot deformities such as bunions, hammer toes, flat feet, or more flexible feet are at higher risk for developing a neuroma. Other potential causes are activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or court sports. An injury or other type of trauma to the area may also lead to a neuroma.
Diagnosing and Treating Morton’s Neuroma and Foot Neuromas
Neuromas can usually be detected during a physical exam by simply palpating the affected area. An X-ray may also be prescribed to ensure there are no other problems.
Conservative treatment options for neuromas include ice, anti-inflammatory medication, rest, massage, arch supports, foot pads, exercises to build strength, wide-toe shoes, or corticosteroid injections. If pain persists, surgery will be considered. We are ready to help patients in Wayne as well as Pompton Lakes, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, NJ, Wyckoff, Fair Lawn, Midland Park, North Haledon, West Caldwell, and Paterson consider both surgical and non-surgical options.