What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is the thickening of tissue around the nerve that connects to your toes. It is commonly found between the third and fourth toes and there are a range of different symptoms.
The symptoms related to Morton’s neuroma are not physically visible but the following may be felt;
- Burning sensation from the balls of your feet to your toes
- Tingling in your toes
- Pins and Needles sensation
- Numbness in the area
- Painful when wearing high heels or narrow shoes
Causes and risk factors
This disorder can be caused by constant stress and pressure to the balls of your feet. Factors that can contribute and put you at risk can be;
- Footwear: Consistently wearing high-heeled or ill-fitting shoes
- Certain Sports: Participating in high-impact and repetitive activities such as jogging or running
- Foot Deformities: If you have bunions, hammertoes, high arches or flatfeet, you may be more vulnerable to developing Morton’s neuroma.
For a diagnosis or a treatment plan, speak to your Podiatrist for expert advice.
How it is diagnosed
A full assessment of your feet will be conducted. This will include the Podiatrist feeling between your toe bones for inflammation, pressing to replicate the pain caused by Morton’s neuroma. Once it has been diagnosed, your Podiatrist will put you on a treatment plan.
The treatment for Morton’s neuroma is relatively simple. These include;
- Changes to your footwear: Avoid shoes that put pressure on the balls of your feet
- Orthotics: Orthotics can raise the arch in your foot and take the pressure off the nerve
- Exercises Of The Foot: Can help stretch the connective tissue in the foot and and help decrease the stress placed on the neuroma.
If you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, don’t hesitate to call Moreland Podiatry for an assessment. We are conveniently located in Brunswick West, so call our friendly staff or book online for an appointment.