Morton's neuroma is a common foot condition characterized by a growth of nerve tissue between the third and fourth toes. It predominantly affects the ball of the foot, situated between the metatarsal bones. This condition is more prevalent in women.
Individuals with Morton's neuroma often experience pain or a burning sensation in the ball of the foot, which may extend to the toes. Numbness or tingling in the affected toes, a feeling of a lump, and worsening symptoms with activities like walking or wearing tight shoes are common indicators.
The exact cause of Morton's neuroma is not always clear, but factors such as foot structure (high arches, flat feet), inappropriate footwear (tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes), and certain activities (high-impact sports) may contribute to its development.
If suspected, diagnosis involves a physical examination, symptom inquiry, and imaging tests like X-rays or MRI. Treatment options vary based on symptom severity and may include modifying footwear, using orthotic devices, taking medications (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, or, in severe cases, surgical removal of the neuroma.
The key to managing Morton's neuroma lies in seeking professional medical advice for an accurate diagnosis and determining the most suitable treatment plan for individual cases.
Our Podiatrists at San Antonio Podiatry Associates and Greater Austin Podiatry Associates are well-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Morton’s Neuroma. The first step to relief is to schedule an appointment at one of our seven locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Kyle, TX. Same-day appointments are often available, and we accept most major insurances.