Morton’s Neuromas: A Common, Painful Condition
Have you ever felt excruciating pain in the ball of your foot? Was it enough to make you remove your shoes and check for small, foreign objects? If you didn’t find anything inside of your shoes, you could be suffering from Morton’s neuromas. Here’s a rudimentary summary of the condition and what can be done about it:
If you were to look at the anatomy of a human foot, you would discover what’s known as the intermetatarsal plantar nerve. It traditionally runs from the ankle area to the space in between the third and fourth toes. Certain activities, such as a woman wearing 2-inch tall high-heeled shoes or stiletto-heeled boots, can put extreme pressure onto that nerve. Over time, that continuous pressure can cause severe nerve damage. The extensive nerve damage, in turn, can cause agonizing pain and a burning sensation to occur in the ball area of the person’s foot.
In order to make a Morton’s neuroma diagnosis, a Clearwater podiatrist will need to conduct a visual and hands-on examination. They may also request X-rays, a MRI, or ultrasound of the area. During the examination, your podiatrist will look to see if the nerve’s diameter has changed. Its size is typically a clear indicator of whether or not the nerve has been damaged.
Should your Clearwater foot doctor discover that extensive nerve destruction has occurred, they may recommend surgery. The surgical procedure used to treat Morton’s neuromas generally involves making an incision in the soft tissue of the foot to gain access to the intermetatarsal space. Once inside of the intermetatarsal space, the surgical team may opt to remove the damaged portion of the nerve. In cases where minor injury has transpired, other treatment methods may be suggested. Those treatments may involve the use of orthotics, medication, new footwear and cold packs.
To ask questions about Morton’s neuromas or schedule a consultation with the doctor, please contact our Clearwater foot clinic today.