What is Morton’s neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a thickened nerve tissue mass that usually forms on the weight-bearing part of your forefoot, between your third and fourth toes. In most cases, Morton’s neuroma develops because of pressure on the foot, which can be a side effect of the shoes you wear.
For example, if you wear snug-fitting or high-heeled shoes on a daily basis, you wind up with extra pressure on the ball of your foot. Over time, this irritates your nerve tissue, causing it to thicken up.
Other times, Morton’s neuroma develops because of certain activities. Repeated stress from running, court sports, or other similar exercises can increase your risk of nerve damage in your foot.
Does Morton’s neuroma cause symptoms?
The thickening of your nerve tissue pinches or compresses your nerve, which can lead to serious discomfort. Morton’s neuroma most commonly causes:
You may also find that it feels like you’re walking on a pebble or that your sock is bunched up, even though there’s nothing wrong. In the early stages, Morton’s neuroma symptoms tend to resolve simply by switching to roomier shoes.
However, as that damaged nerve tissue continues to thicken, your symptoms are more likely to occur on a regular basis. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you have options for relief at Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center.
Can I get treatment for Morton’s neuroma?
Absolutely! Because Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center is home to state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, like digital X-ray or ultrasound imaging, you can usually get diagnosed on the spot. Once your podiatrist confirms that you have Morton’s neuroma, you can get started on treatment, which may include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Peter J. Bregman, DPM, is a top Morton’s neuroma treatment specialist with a proven track record for effectively treating Morton’s neuroma. If needed, he can perform an endoscopy procedure — which is minimally invasive — to remove damaged nerve tissue, so you won’t have to live another day with foot pain.
Schedule your Morton’s neuroma evaluation at Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center today.