Morton’s what? No, not the salt. A Brandon Podiatrist explains.

What Is a Neuroma?

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may occur in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s neuroma, which happens in between the 3rd and fourth toes. Additionally, it is often referred to as an intermetatarsal neuroma. Intermetatarsal explains its place in the ball of the foot between the metatarsal bones. However, neuromas may also happen in other locations in the foot.

Causes

Anything that triggers compression or irritation of the nerve can result in the formation of a neuroma. Therefore, one of the most typical culprits is wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box or high-heeled shoes that trigger the toes to be forced into the toe box. Likewise, individuals with specific foot deformities– bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet or more flexible feet– are at greater danger for developing a neuroma. Other potential causes are activities that include repeated irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running, dancing, aerobics or court sports. An injury to the area may also cause a neuroma. Forefoot runners are especially prone to getting neuromas.

Symptoms

If you have a Morton’s neuroma, you might have several of these signs where the nerve damage is happening:

The progression of a Morton’s neuroma typically follows this pattern:

Diagnosis

Before he reaches a medical diagnosis, Dr. Cruz will obtain an extensive history of your signs and symptoms and he will examine your foot. During the physical examination, he tries to replicate your symptoms by manipulating your foot. Other tests or imaging studies may be carried out.

The best time to see Dr. Cruz is early in the development of symptoms. Early medical diagnosis of a Morton’s neuroma greatly lessens the need for more invasive treatments and may help you avoid surgical treatment.

Nonsurgical Treatment

In developing a treatment plan, Dr. Cruz will initially identify how long you have had the neuroma and will evaluate its phase of advancement. However, treatment methods differ according to the severity of the problem.

For mild to moderate neuromas, treatment options might consist of:

Brandon Podiatrist Jairo Cruz Jr has the answer

In conclusion, Jairo Cruz has years of experience in podiatry practice. He wants you to be able to walk, run, climb, and play without any foot pain. However, if you suspect you might have Morton’s Neuroma or a foot pain that you can’t easily explain, please stop by his Brandon Podiatrist office. Please call us for an appointment today at (813) 502-5904. Another way to get in touch via email is by using our scheduling form.

Author
Marc A Katz DPM Dr. Marc Katz is a podiatrist that previously practiced in South Tampa on Swann Ave with Dr. Jairo Cruz DPM. He works closely with Dr. Cruz to create educational materials to help patients and the community. Dr. Katz is recognized as a leader in the Tampa Podiatry community for over 23 years. Dr. Katz has extensive expertise in all areas of foot and ankle medicine and surgery. He was an early adopter and is a leader in Minimally-invasive procedures and Regenerative medicine in the podiatry community. Dr. Katz has had many articles published in podiatry journals discussing his procedures and techniques. Please enjoy the content.

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