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.
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.
If you have Morton’s neuroma, you might have several of these signs where the nerve damage is happening:
The progression of Morton’s neuroma typically follows this pattern:
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 Morton’s neuroma greatly lessens the need for more invasive treatments and may help you avoid surgical 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:
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. For our Zephyrhills office call (813) 782-3233