Though anyone can develop a painful neuroma, women are 8-10 times more likely to suffer from Morton’s neuroma, a problem that’s attributed to wearing shoes with high heels and pointed toes. The experienced podiatrists at FOOTDRx encourage you to get treatment at the earliest sign of pain to prevent permanent nerve damage. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking tool or call the office that’s most convenient for you. FOOTDRx is located in Union Square, Midtown East in Manhattan, and Bushwick, Brooklyn in New York City, and has an office in Englewood, New Jersey.
A neuroma is an enlarged, noncancerous growth of nerves. Though a neuroma can affect any nerve and appear in many locations in your foot, it most often occurs when the nerve between your third and fourth toes thickens, a condition called Morton’s neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma is also called an intermetatarsal neuroma, which describes its location in the ball of your foot between the third and fourth metatarsal bones. When a neuroma goes untreated, the nerve can become permanently damaged.
Neuromas develop when the nerve is compressed or irritated by conditions such as:
Of all the causes of a neuroma, the most common is ill-fitting footwear.
When a neuroma begins to form, you’ll have mild symptoms and, in most cases, you’ll feel better after removing your shoes. Some patients say it feels like there’s a lump in their shoe.
The primary symptom for most patients is pain in the ball of their foot or between the toes in the front of the foot. However, you may experience a burning pain that radiates from the ball of the foot to your toes. Nerve compression can also cause numbness or tingling.
Without treatment, neuromas get progressively worse. As a result, your pain will last longer and become more severe.
Early treatment is important to prevent permanent nerve damage. The treatment you receive depends on the stage and severity of your neuroma, but it begins with conservative therapies to relieve the pressure, pain, and swelling, such as:
You may need to temporarily stop engaging in repetitive activities that put pressure on the nerve. Choosing shoes with a wider toe box and low heels will also help relieve your neuroma.
If your neuroma doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, your doctor at FOOTDRx may talk with you about surgery. Your doctor explains your surgery options and recommends the one that’s best for your condition.
Don’t wait for a neuroma to get worse, call FOOTDRx or schedule an appointment online.